John Paul Cimino
Name of Host Organization: William & Mary Law School, Helping Military Veterans Through Higher Education
City, State: Williamsburg, Virginia
Issue area: Veterans' Rights
Sponsors: Northrup Grumman, Covington & Burling LLP
John Paul, a veteran of the United States Army, established a model consortium of higher education institutions to aid veterans and active duty troops with medical and disability issues, reemployment, and reintegration.
Need Addressed By Project
Veterans face unique challenges as they reenter the civilian world. These challenges are compounded by the wounds that many veterans bear, both inside and out, after returning from service in combat. Too many veterans return to civilian life to face unemployment, homelessness, and involvement in the criminal justice system. While benefits and services are available to help them cope with disability and the turmoil of returning to civilian life, too many veterans fall through the cracks. Veterans’ benefits and services are often poorly advertised, difficult to obtain, and delayed for long periods of time because of the overloaded system for determining eligibility.