2015 Tillman Scholar

Angela Menard

University of Arizona

“I joined the Army hoping to become a female soldier of strength, patriotism, perseverance, confidence and pride. Serving my country changed my life.”

Though an honor student and athlete growing up in Tucson, Arizona, Angela bypassed college to serve in the Army first. During her military service, Angela gained the confidence, discipline, strength and patriotism needed for the next chapters of her life, becoming the first college graduate in her family. The Army taught her to seek out the value and unique contributions of every team member and what it truly means to serve others. Embarking on her next mission in life, she is now pursuing a law degree at the University of Arizona to become an advocate for fellow veterans.

In addition to her studies, Angela serves veterans in the legal field through the Veterans’ Advocacy Law Clinic at the University of Arizona, which is a multi-disciplinary legal clinic that provides pro bono legal services to those that have served, and their families. Angela represents veterans with criminal misdemeanors in the Regional Municipalities Veterans Treatment Court, including clients from all eras, branches, active duty, National Guard and Reserve components, as well as representing veterans in benefits cases. Recently she represented a WWII veteran before the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Angela aspires to continue advocating for veterans after she graduates law school and hopes to use her law degree to help others, particularly those who have served.