COLUMBIA (AP) – A 29-year-old army veteran is searching for other military veterans who are practicing attorneys or law students and willing to help their brothers and sisters in arms.
Phillips McWilliams, a Columbia native, has become president of a group called “Service Members and Veterans in Law” at the University of South Carolina. He and several other veterans are on the lookout and hope to build a network of colleagues willing to give their time.
“There’s definitely a need. An unprecedented number of veterans are filing claims with the VA, and they probably need help with it,” McWilliams said.
The group has found dozens in this state capital and university community, and hope to reach out to law firms across this military-friendly state.
South Carolina is host to eight major military installations. In all, there are nearly 133,000 uniformed military, civilian Department of Defense workers and military retirees who live here.