2022 Tillman Scholar
Erhan Bedestani was born in Hamilton Township, New Jersey. While attending Johns Hopkins University, Erhan earned an Army ROTC scholarship and embarked on what is now 20 years of active duty service in the Army. Erhan was commissioned into active duty in 2002, serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom as an air defense artillery Bradley fighting vehicle platoon leader.
Ranger-qualified and motivated to continue his service, Erhan was selected for the Special Forces qualification course and earned his Green Beret in 2007. He soon served in Operation Enduring Freedom Trans-Shael in West Africa and later Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
Erhan is now pursuing a law degree at the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America. He is motivated to continue to serve, this time supporting the veteran and service member community with legal support as he seeks to expand his nonprofit Warrior Family Advocacy (WFA). WFA seeks to educate veterans and service members so they understand key aspects of family law and specifically how child custody determinations are made so as to ensure they have favorable outcomes in family court. Erhan saw firsthand veterans and service members suffering from a court system that presented veterans and service members significant obstacles to maintaining their parent-child relationship and was inspired to attend law school while on active duty to make a difference and effect legal and policy change.