Legal Advocacy Director
Mike Saunders advocates for veterans and servicemembers who come to VES for free legal services. He helps veterans get their legal rights with their GI Bill and student loans. Mike also leads VES’ consumer protection policy work, including servicemembers’ protections under the Military Lending Act and Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.
Mike joined VES as Legal Advocacy Director in July 2018, bringing professional experience as a long-time policy advocate for veterans at The Retired Enlisted Association.
As Deputy Legislative Director for 8 years at The Retired Enlisted Association, Mike represented the interests of retired enlisted personnel before Congress on tax issues, consumer issues, and veterans benefits.
A third generation member of the Army, Mike served in the Army from 1999 to 2001, in Bravo Company 166 Armored, the 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Hood, the oldest tank regiment in the Army.
Mike has degrees in history and economics from William & Mary College in Virginia, and a law degree from University of Richmond.