The mission of SERV is to assist veterans, while providing a space for students to dialogue about important military, veteran affairs, and national security issues. Due to the wind-down of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan there will be an increasing population of veterans transitioning into civilian life. This population will require skilled advocacy pertaining to a plethora of issues, including disability and educational benefits. SERV will fulfill this function in three ways. Internally, the group will act as a liaison between student veterans and the administration to ensure that student-veteran issues are not marginalized. Initially the internal advocacy function will focus on the administrative difficulties of using various educational benefits, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill, to pay for higher education. These challenges can often result in large unforeseen gaps in funding. This function will be integral to ensuring that veterans always have a place at NYU Law. Externally, case teams will assist area veterans with various legal issues, including those pertaining to benefits for disabled veterans. This will give members the opportunity to accumulate pro bono experience in administrative proceedings. The external advocacy function will solidify NYU Law as an institution committed to those who have committed themselves to public service. The third and final purpose of the group is to organize and promote events with the purpose of raising awareness of issues important to veteran affairs, military, and national security issues. These events will include speakers, luncheons, fora, and, in the future, symposia. This function will ensure that the NYU Law community is aware of those issues important to its service members. It is conceivable that the majority of the group members may not be classified as veterans. While veterans should and will always be involved with the group, it is important that all members of the NYU Law community are encouraged to participate in each of the three primary functions.
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