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U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy visits LSU Law for discussion on issues facing military veterans

A group of students in suits pose with U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy

LSU Law students and members of the Veterans Advocacy Club pose with U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy. Back row, from left: Bret Shallenberger, Joseph Swearingen, Cassidy, Aaron Lawrence, Joseph Odom, Jared Tregre, and Joshua Mendez. From row, from left: Christopher Lamy, Eliana Wackerman, Shelby Schexnaydre, and Brianne Bennett.

United States Senator Bill Cassidy visited the LSU Law Center on Nov. 9 and spoke of issues veterans face as they transition back to the civilian role.

Cassidy, a member of the U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, was a guest of the LSU Law Veterans Advocacy Club, an organization of LSU Law students advocating for veterans and their families.

Cassidy discussed how men and women with a military background attain high leadership roles in the community and in business.

“People who are veterans typically outperform in whatever they do,” he said.

But he noted that those successes are often overlooked because of the difficulties many veterans face when transitioning from the military to a civilian life.

Cassidy said his focus as a U.S. Senator has been on helping to increase the resources and availability of help for those veterans struggling after discharge.

At the talk, Cassidy was joined with other advocates for veterans, including Joey Strickland, Louisiana Secretary of Veterans Affairs; and James Schmeling, Executive Vice President of Student Veterans of America.