Bernadette E. Valdellon

Bernadette E. Valdellon

  • Hosted by National Veterans Legal Services Program
  • Sponsored by AmeriCorps
  • Service location Washington, District of Columbia
  • Law school Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Issue area Veterans' Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2015
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program

The Project

Bernadette E. Valdellon was an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow at National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP), where she assisted veterans in obtaining disability benefits related to their military service through NVLSP’s Lawyers Serving Warriors program.

Fellowship Highlights

During her Fellowship, Bernadette:

  • Analyzed military and personnel records of veterans requesting assistance with discharge upgrades, wrongful personality disorder discharges, and disability benefits for diseases related to Agent Orange exposure.
  • Drafted legal memoranda and supervised pro bono attorneys assisting with the discharge review process.

What’s Next?

After her Fellowship, Bernadette became a staff attorney at NVLSP for two years. In this position, she managed a national pro bono program providing representation to almost 100 veterans seeking disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs for mental conditions related to sexual trauma experienced in service. Now, she is an associate at Victor M. Glasberg & Associates.

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