Attacking veterans’ legal issues pro bono at Hofstra

In August 2015, Matthew Goodison-Orr, a third-year Hofstra University law student, began working with Gary Port, a West Hempstead resident, attorney and U.S. Army veteran, on a pro bono legal case: A marine had suffered a brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder while on duty in Iraq, and never received treatment from the military after he requested it. He began to self-medicate with marijuana, and was kicked out of the Marine Corps after a urine test.

“We got his records together and submitted an appeal,” said Port, who claims that only 5 percent of upgrade appeals are successful. “We successfully secured his upgrade right before Thanksgiving, and now he can go to an employer with an honorable discharge.”

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