August’s Veteran Of The Month: Virgil Bradley
Virgil Bradley was born at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and as his father was in the Air Force, he grew up on military bases all over the country. He joined the Navy at 17, in 1979, and served for 14 years; mainly overseas in the Persian Gulf, with his final tour being the first Gulf War. Virgil’s wide range of skills from the military, including engineering, technology, law enforcement, and teaching, gave him an opportunity to work in diverse civilian industries. But his heart stayed with the military and wanting to help veterans.
After his military and civilian careers, Virgil wanted to give back to veterans. There are many organizations that assist veterans but few that assist them with legal issues. Because of this, he decided to go back to school and get his law degree. Virgil graduated Cum Laude from William Mitchell College of Law with a Juris Doctor in May 2011. Virgil then started a law practice, called Cornerstone Family Law located in Plymouth and St. Paul, with his two law partners, that focuses its practice on low to moderate income clients, including veterans.
In his continuing commitment to veterans, Virgil was one of the founders of Minnesota Veterans Legal Assistance (MNVLA). MNVLA is a non-profit organization that finds low cost or pro bono legal services for veterans. Virgil also volunteers his time at Military Assistance Council for Veterans (MAC-V) and has been instrumental in William Mitchell’s new veterans law initiative.
Virgil resides in Plymouth, with his wife, Deborah. Virgil has a grown son, Sean, daughter-in-law, Jolene, and his first granddaughter, Georgia Mae, who also reside in Plymouth.