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Meghan Carter

  • Hosted by Stetson University College of Law Veterans Advocacy Clinic
  • Sponsored by Deere & Company, Lane & Waterman LLP, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
  • Service location Gulfport, Florida
  • Law school Stetson University College of Law
  • Issue area Veterans' Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2024
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Meghan (She/Her) represents veterans who are pursuing discharge upgrades. By providing direct support and advocacy, this project seeks to empower veterans to navigate the complex process of upgrading their discharge status.

There are approximately 500,000 veterans who have served our country and were discharged as “other than honorable,” restricting their access to disability benefits and healthcare. Some service members have received this discharge status because they suffer from post-traumatic-stress-disorder and/or military sexual assault while in service. This project, in conjunction with the disability benefits work done at Stetson’s Veterans Advocacy Clinic, assists veterans to obtain their full range of benefits.

Several generations of Meghan’s family have served in the United States military. Meghan’s experience in Stetson’s Veterans Law Institute and Veterans Advocacy Clinic allowed her dive headfirst into veterans’ disability claims and she has not looked back since.

Fellowship Plans

Meghan will represent veterans throughout the discharge upgrade process, including paperwork completion, evidence gathering, and legal representation. She will tailor support to each veteran’s unique circumstances, ensuring personalized guidance and representation. Meghan will collaborate with outside organizations to share resources to best represent veterans in discharge upgrade cases. Additionally, she will provide educational resources and workshops to inform veterans of their rights and options for discharge upgrades.

I take pride in having a family tradition of service, and I am driven by a deep passion for veterans’ rights. It is an honor and privilege to serve those who have given their all for our country.

Meghan Carter /
2024 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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