Shannon Kennedy Holstein
Attorney

Shannon has practiced law since 1996. She served for 11 years on active duty as an Air Force judge advocate and later as a Reservist, achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel. She earned her Juris Doctor at the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1996 and a Masters of Science degree at Creighton University School of Law in 2014. Shannon is admitted to practice law in the State of South Dakota and before the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. She is accredited by VA to represent Veterans in any state.

After leaving active duty, Shannon served for two years as the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota. She left the job in 2011 to pursue her dream of representing veterans in VA disability cases.

Shannon maintains a special interest in military sexual trauma cases, mental health claims, and cases involving Native American veterans. She has been a sustaining member of the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates since 2012.

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Mark L. Dawson
Paralegal

Mark is a veterans disability paralegal. He was raised in Texas and graduated from the University of Iowa, Pittsburg State University, and Army Command and General Staff College. He possesses a bachelor's degree and a master's degree. Mark's Army career as an aviator also included service on a commanding general's staff. His Army career was interceded with civilian employment that included state police and corporate management. His success with the Veterans Benefits Administration as a Rating Specialist, Instructor, and Native American Outreach provides a unique perspective on VA claims. Mark is retired from the US Army and Federal civil service. He is a member of the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates.