University Campus to Host Free Legal Clinic for Veterans

February 12, 2013

Saint Leo University welcomes to its University Campus in Pasco County on Friday, February 22, an eight-member team from Project Salute, a mobile, free legal assistance project for low-income veterans who need assistance with disability and pension benefits.

Project Salute is sponsored by the University of Detroit Mercy Law School, and travels nationwide with attorneys and law students to render free assistance to veterans. Project Salute recommends veterans bring the Discharge from Active Duty-DD Form 214, recent Veterans Administration (VA) rating decisions, and any other documents pertinent to their individual federal veterans benefits issues.

The February 22 clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.—with the possibility of extending hours—in Room 117 of the Student Activities Building. Project Salute’s recreational vehicle, which serves as a mobile law office to serve clients, will also be on campus and available for meetings, parked nearby at the Tapia Lakeside Patio on the ground level of the Student Community Center (and campus dining hall). Those interested in law and public service are encouraged to visit the mobile office.

Saint Leo’s University Campus is located at 33701 State Road 52, four miles east of Interstate 75 (Exit 285). Ample parking is available in the campus garage, and the Project Salute activities will be within easy walking distance.

Saint Leo University is hosting Project Salute to help commemorate the university’s 40th anniversary of providing educational services to the military. Since 2008, Project Salute has welcomed more than 3,800 veterans seeking assistance. As Saint Leo is one of the country’s leading providers of educational services to veterans, active members of the armed forces, and their families, the university is delighted to welcome Project Salute as a partner in service to those who have served our nation.

The event is one of many Saint Leo planned through Veterans Day 2013 to observe its 40th anniversary of serving the military. More charitable and service events are planned, as well as lectures and films that convey the role the military has played in American life. These events are taking place not just at the University Campus, but also at a number of Saint Leo’s many locations in seven states. A full calendar of these events is available at: /news-events/celebrating-40-years-of-serving-those-who-serve.aspx.

More information about Project Salute’s visit is available from Dr. David Persky, chair of the undergraduate Criminal Justice Department, at (352) 588-8916 or david.persky@saintleo.edu, or Dr. Rachael Haskell of the Social Work Department, at (352) 588-8382 or rachael.haskell@saintleo.edu.