As a way of giving back to those who have served, Syracuse University law students, alumni and local volunteers will partner to provide free legal and advocacy services through a new Valor Day initiative. Valor Day brings together local attorneys, counselors, financial professionals, and area veteran organizations providing support and advocacy for area veterans, service members and their families. Services include legal advice, readjustment and vocational counseling, tax return preparations, resume reviews and credit counseling services. The event will be held on Saturday, March 23, from 10 to 3 p.m. at Syracuse University College of Law in the White Hall Rotunda. Parking is available in the Irving Garage, 141 Stadium Place.
The event grew out of the newly formed Veterans’ Issues, Support Initiative and Outreach Network (VISION) network at the College of Law as a way for students to advocate for service people and their families.
“With the growing numbers of veterans and service members on our campus and in our community, we have a great opportunity to show our support and utilize our legal skills,” says Josh Keefe, VISION co-founder and second-year law student. “We’re excited to bring together attorneys, financial experts, and other volunteers to help veterans in any way we can.”
Valor Day will also include a veterans’ information fair. Representatives from more than 12 local organizations will be on site to discuss their services and provide information.
“We could not be more pleased with the support we have received from the University administration and our local professionals,” says VISION director and co-founder Tom Caruso, also a second-year law student. “There is a real need for pro bono legal services for our warriors and their families and VALOR Day will be a great step toward meeting this demand.”
All veterans, service members and their immediate family are encouraged to attend. Appointments are encouraged for legal and counseling services.