NOVA Awards Top Honor to Veterans’ Advocate Glenda Herl – NOVA President Accepts Kenneth M. Carpenter Achievement Award

Washington, D.C. – The National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) presented its most prestigious honor – the Kenneth M. Carpenter Achievement Award for Excellence – to Glenda S. Herl, longtime veterans’ disability advocate and current NOVA president. She accepted the award at NOVA’s spring training conference in San Antonio last month.

Dedicated to upholding the legal rights of veterans, NOVA created this award to honor its Founding Member Ken Carpenter and his contributions to veterans law. First presented in 2002, the award is given periodically to a NOVA member to mark exemplary achievement in the spirit of the organization’s founders.

Ms. Herl attended Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, and received her Kansas Real Estate License in 1986. She has been employed as the Chief Operating Officer for Carpenter Chartered since 1984 where she conducts case file analysis, development and presentation, financial planning, policy making, strategic planning, business development, organizational development, human resource management, and the general and fiscal management of the firm and its employees.

She was admitted to practice at the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) as a non-attorney practitioner in December of 1999. She assists in the preparation of cases for oral argument and has participated in more than 30 oral arguments before the CAVC, as well as in the preparation of briefs to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

She has been a member of NOVA since 1995, serving as the volunteer Executive Director for the organization from 1995 through 2004. She is a frequent presenter at NOVA seminars. She currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors.

Ms. Herl is a founding member of the CAVC Bar Association and a member since 2001. She served on the Board of Governors as well as the Secretary, Treasurer, President-Elect, and President from 2001-2007. She co-chaired the First CAVC Bench and Bar Conference in 2007 and the second in 2015. She is a founding member and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Historical Society.

She has been awarded the CAVC’s Hart T. Mankin Distinguished Service Award on two occasions. First, it was presented to the leadership of NOVA on September 18, 2000 during her tenure as Executive Director. In April of 2006, the award was presented in recognition of outstanding service as a founding member and President-Elect of the CAVC Bar Association, and in support of the programs and administration of the Association since its inception.

Pictured left to right: Glenda Herl, NOVA President and Kenneth M. Carpenter, NOVA Founding Member