Posted: October 12th, 2015
Central North Carolina residents wait all year for the nine day fried food and fun fest that is the Dixie Classic Fair. The fair features events from swine racing to wine tasting (which would be a great slogan), and houses exhibits such as the Yesterday Village and the Barnyard Zoo. For the past couple of years the fair has featured an exhibit that honors our nation’s military veterans, aptly named the Veterans Wall of Honor. The Veterans Wall of Honor gives retired service members and their families the opportunity to have their photographs displayed at the exhibit every year during the fair. As of this year the exhibit has almost 600 photographs on display.
In keeping with the theme of honoring our veterans, students from Wake Forest University School of Law’s Veterans Legal Clinic were present at the exhibit to get the word out in the community that they’re ready to help. Clinic students handed out flyers and business cards, and spoke with patrons of the fair who had come to check out the Veterans Wall of Honor. As one would assume, many visitors to the exhibit were themselves veterans or family members of veterans, and were very happy to hear that the school was doing their part to help this famously under-served population. Students were given an opportunity to talk directly to the veterans in attendance about the services the clinic plans to provide, and get immediate feedback from the population that is the focus of their efforts.
The Veterans Legal Clinic provides legal services in the following practice areas: Employment Law, Consumer Protection, Discharge Upgrades, and Landlord/Tenant Law. The focus of the Veterans Legal Clinic is to fill a gap in legal services available to current and former military personnel that are currently unmet by other legal service organizations. To further this goal, the Veterans Legal Clinic has chosen not to focus on VA Benefits claims at this time. There are several other organizations through North Carolina, including other law school legal clinics that provide legal services for VA Benefits claims. The Veterans Legal Clinic also does not provide legal assistance for family law or criminal law issues.
Meredith FitzGibbon (’16) speaking with an Army
Veteran on Military Day at the Dixie Classic Fair.
Posted by Jon Mayhugh, Clinic Fellow