We Support Our Troops

Friday, May 4, 2012

Massachusetts School of Law Veterans Association:
We Support Our Troops

            A group of students, predominately 1Ls, including both veterans and non-veterans, teamed up to form the Massachusetts School of Law Veteran’s Association (MSL VA).  At the beginning of the Fall semester, the MSL VA members, with the assistance of Professor Thomas H. Martin, came up with an idea to raise money to erect a flagpole outside of the school building.  The group knew raising funds would be an obstacle to overcome; however, they took the idea as a challenge, and are currently halfway towards their goal.  The flagpole represents America and all the troops who continue to fight every day, as well as those who have died to protect us.  As many of you may know, there is a bench located in the front of the school in remembrance of a prior student’s son who lost his life fighting overseas. The flagpole will be erected adjacent to the bench.

            Our first fundraiser consisted of a 50/50 raffle, and we sold approximately 75 raffle tickets.  After the name of the winner was drawn, he donated the winnings back to the organization.  Next, the MSL VA sells T-shirts in order to raise money for the flagpole project.  The front of the shirt reads, “Massachusetts School of Law” and the back reads “Veteran’s Association” with “We Support Our Troops” right below it.  We have currently sold approximately 150 t-shirts, making us halfway completed towards our goal of raising funds for the flagpole.    

            On April 1, 2012, the members of the MSL VA attended the “Run/Walk for the Troops 5K.”  The purpose of this event was to show support for our troops and to help raise money to build homes for the returning disabled soldiers.  In collaboration with Paula Colby-Clements, Director of Admissions, the MSL VA was proud to be a part of this event and we look forward to attending future events in support of our troops. In addition, we would like to thank the Massachusetts School of Law Student Bar Association for their generous donation towards MSL VA.  Thanks to them, we are one step closer to our goal.

            Aside from our goal of constructing a flagpole, the MSL VA’s next project will concentrate on raising funds to send care packages overseas.  Our group feels that instead of sending miscellaneous items to the troops, we would rather send essential items upon request from the individual units.  Nothing brings us more happiness than helping those who have helped us.

MSL VA would like to personally thank the troops for their dedicated and loyal service to our country.  We deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made to keep America safe.  We are always looking to recruit new members to our team.  For more information and current updates please “Like” us on Facebook at Massachusetts School of Law Veterans Association or contact Deanna Deveney, the president of MSL VA, at Ddeveney2006@aol.com to purchase a T-shirt.

Poonam Choythani
MSL VA Member


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