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A legal clinic at the William & Mary Law School is partnering with one of the world’s largest coffee businesses to help veterans and service members receive military benefits.
The Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic and Starbucks are launching “Military Mondays,” a program to connect veterans with legal experts to help them navigate the complex system of military benefits.
The partnership joins the Puller Clinic’s legal efforts with the Starbucks Armed Forces Network, which works with military partners to support transitioning service members and military families.
“The partnership is a natural fit given the Puller Clinic’s dedication to serving those who served, and Starbucks’ express commitment to our men and women in uniform, veterans and their families,” Puller Clinic director Patty Roberts said in a news release. “These gatherings have the potential to aid reintegration for those who served, and increase the understanding among civilians of the sacrifices being made by our men and women who bravely serve our country. “
Starbucks franchises will provide space and promotion for the Puller Clinic’s services. William & Mary Law School faculty and students will offer “Claims over Coffee,” pro bono legal advice and counseling on veterans benefits through.
Four Military Mondays will be held each month. Two of the days will consist of “Claims over Coffee” advice, while the other two will be “For Love of Country Community Conversations,” featuring topical presentations aimed at veterans, service members and their families.
Military Mondays is being piloted in Hampton Roads, but Roberts said the idea is to expand the program nationwide.
“We are grateful to have Starbucks as a partner and eager to incorporate lessons learned during the pilot to plan the next phase of the program,” Roberts said in a news release.
Those interested in attending “Claims over Coffee” can make an appointment by telephone at 757-221-7443 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone without an appointment will receive assistance as availability allows.
Schedules for upcoming Military Mondays will be posted in local Starbucks Franchises and on the Puller Clinic’s website.
The Puller Clinic was founded in 2008 and offers free legal assistance for veterans seeking disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.