Gene Powell, a retired U.S. Army colonel and member of Bluestein Attorneys’ SC Veterans’ Advocates Team, was recently honored by the University of South Florida for his decades of active and reserve military service.
Powell, along with other veterans from World War II to the Gulf War, was inducted by the USF Office of Veteran Success into the Next Greatest Generation Veteran Fund Hall of Honor, in recognition of his 35 years of active and reserve service with the U.S. Naval Reserve and U.S. Army during the Vietnam and Gulf War eras.
The Next Greatest Generation Veteran Fund is a means for 20th-century veterans to help 21st-century veterans have a brighter future. It is a tribute to those who served our country during World Wars I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Gulf War, and at the same time provides much-needed support to University of South Florida student students who are veterans of the nation’s conflicts in the 21st Century.
Powell has also been recently honored by the Quilts of Valor Foundation, which recognized his service to our nation with the presentation of a Quilt of Valor.
Powell and his wife, Mary Lou are the Co-Founders of the Eugene and Mary Lou Powell Veteran Success Last Mile Scholarship at South Florida. The scholarship, founded in 2016, helps veteran students who still need assistance in paying tuition beyond what is covered by the GI Bill.
Gene is also all about helping veterans right here in South Carolina. His practice at Bluestein Attorneys focuses on Veterans Disability, helping those who have served get the benefits to which they are entitled. He also practices in the areas of Social Security Disability and Appeals and Trial Support.
“Given my entire family’s record of military service, my work with veterans is the most rewarding kind of law practice I can imagine,” said Powell. “For the same reasons, I’m deeply honored to be a part of this worthwhile program at South Florida.”