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Devin Bissman

2014, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Devin Bissman

Devin Bissman

Name of Host Organization: Swords to Plowshares
City, State: San Francisco, California
Issue area: Health Care/Medical-Legal Partnership, Veterans' Rights, Veterans' Rights
Sponsors: Bill Brockett Public Interest Fellowship

The Project

Devin provided legal assistance, to veterans with a focus on National Guard and Reserve Veterans via a legal clinic partnership with the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
More than half of all Global War on Terrorism veterans served in the National Guard (NG) or the Reserves. This citizen soldier population, which includes more than 500,000 men and women, is returning home with significant physical and mental health problems. Unlike their active duty counterparts, NG and Reserve members quickly return to their respective civilian employment and are not tied to large military bases. This quick disconnect, from military service causes these veterans, to have more difficulty accessing needed physical and mental health care, from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other providers. This project seeks to provide current and former NG and Reserve members much needed assistance in accessing VA benefits and healthcare.