Never above you. Never below you. Always beside you.
PLC’s Veterans Project, Operation Veterans Re-Entry, is dedicated to a veteran who lived by the above motto. He likely would not have needed any of the legal services this program offers, but instead would have been volunteering to provide those services. Captain Matthew Patrick Manoukian, United States Marine Corps, 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, was killed in combat August 10, 2012 in Sangin District, Afghanistan.
Captain Manoukian deployed twice to Iraq (2007-2009) and twice to Afghanistan (2010-2012) where he worked to train local police forces, open schools and courts and establish the rule of law. While he received many medals and commendations including two Purple Hearts and two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Manoukian’s humility prevented him from speaking of these awards.
Captain Manoukian had been accepted to law school and planned to enter after returning from Afghanistan. His re-entry plan was never executed due to his tragic death. Had his death not deprived him of the opportunity to pursue a legal career, Manoukian would have been a champion of justice for clients like those who come to PLC.
Americans are proud to support the cause of justice in their own unique ways. Lawyers can support justice and the heroism of our military by volunteering to take a case from PLC’s Operation Veterans Re-Entry. In so doing, we say to veterans, we are “Never above you. Never below you. Always beside you.”
Read more about Captain Manoukian and PLC's Operation Veterans Re-Entry Program here.
If you or a family member are a veteran and need assistance, please contact Staff Attorney, Antoinette Balta or call 714-541-1010 x291.
If you are interested in assisting one of our veteran clients, particularly a homeless or at-risk of being homeless veteran, with his or her legal issues, please contact PLC’s Pro Bono Director, Kirsten Kreymann, or call 714-541-1010 x283.