Adam Hess has been selected as the Veterans Consortium (TVC) April Volunteer Inspiring Pro Bono (VIP) for his "diligence and perseverance" with six pro bono cases for the TVC. Below is an excerpt from the newsletter:
Hess grew up near Reading, Penn., and was one of the first in his family to go to college. Some of his relatives joined the Air Force, and others served in the Army and Marine Corps. "Their service meant something to me, and I saw TVC as an opportunity to do my part," says Hess, who lives in Arlington, where he and his wife raised two children. "I don't remember how I first heard of [TVC], but their training program definitely caught my eye."
He especially enjoys helping Veterans who have "fallen through the cracks" in their efforts to navigate the Department of Veterans Affairs process. Currently, he is working on a case for an Army veteran from Puerto Rico who is seeking benefits for a service connected disability. "It's been up and down a few times," Hess says, describing several trips to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and back to the regional office on remand. Most recently, the Court held that the veteran was entitled to service connection dating to 1955 and remanded the matter for determination of benefits. "Now, we are just waiting to hear back from the regional office."
"Intellectual Property matters can sometimes seem dry and focused on corporate revenue, rather than on an individual's well-being," Hess says about his Intellectual Property work. "But for veterans, these benefits can have a meaningful impact on their lives. Helping them in this way brings me a tremendous amount of satisfaction and I am glad to do my part."