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Drew Wilds

The Project

Drew’s (she/her/hers) project will address the unmet needs of female veterans, especially those who have experienced Military Sexual Trauma (MST), through direct legal services, community outreach, and legislative/policy advocacy.

Veterans are one of the most vulnerable and overlooked populations that require various legal services. Veteran status intersects with gender, race, and socioeconomic background, which often creates opportunity for exploitation, discrimination, and lack of access to resources. Staggeringly, one in three women who have served in the military expressed that they have experienced Military Sexual Trauma (MST) while on active duty.

Drew’s great uncle served in the Army during the Vietnam War, where he was exposed to Agent Orange and consequently suffered from dementia. Watching her great aunt struggle to receive assistance with his care from the VA motivates her to work with and advocate for veterans.

Fellowship Plans

During her Fellowship, Drew will develop long term rapport with organizations and stakeholders to better inform community outreach and understand the needs of female veterans. In developing this network, Drew will provide legal services in the form of VA claims and discharge upgrades, create a comprehensive resource guide based on assessed needs, and provide training events to disperse such materials.

I attended law school with the aim of working in gender justice. MST is a pervasive and troubling harm that women disproportionately face when they choose to serve our country. It is my hope to provide these women with the legal support they have been denied in the past.

Drew Wilds /
2024 Equal Justice Works Fellow