Mark Christopher Pitts

  • Hosted by Emory Law Volunteer Clinic for Veterans
  • Service location Atlanta, Georgia
  • Law school Emory University School of Law
  • Issue area Disability Rights, Veterans' Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2014
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program

The Project

The Emory Law Volunteer Clinic for Veterans (VCV) assists veterans with the legal issues they face, especially claims for service-connected disability. The VCV recruits volunteer students and volunteer pro bono counsel/mentors to assists with these cases. Under the Directors’ supervision, the Fellow will represent veterans VA claims for disability ratings, pension claims, discharge upgrades, simple wills, and medical directives, and work with veterans courts and homeless veterans. The Fellow will conduct outreach to collaborate with veteran’s organizations, representatives of the State Bar and other legal organizations, the VA Hospital, and the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program.

There are over 770,000 veterans in Georgia and 200,000 of this total lives in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. Many of these individuals have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with service-connected injuries and mental illnesses such as post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Older veterans including those who have served in Vietnam and in prior wars, also have disabilities associated with their prior military service.

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