MU law school student bridges law, medicine to aid veterans

Imagine you are a veteran who has filed for disability or other compensatory benefits through the US Veterans Administration.

You think you have filled out every single necessary document and checked every box — only for it to result in a denial. So you decide to file an appeal and get ready to navigate the VA’s bureaucratic labyrinth.

Do you go it alone and hope for the best, or do you turn to a lawyer?

Missouri veterans can turn to University of Missouri School of Law students and its veterans clinic.

MU is home to the only veterans legal clinic in the state associated with a law school, offering its services free of charge. The clinic is partially funded by the state and through donations. Veterans helped sometimes provide a percentage of their award to the clinic, even though there is no obligation to do so, said Angela Drake, clinic director.