About Us

About Us

Building Up Veterans (“BUV”) is a breakthrough approach and solution for the healing, housing and repurposing of Baltimore veterans. This 501c3 organization is being established and organized around the theme of “Veterans Helping Other Veterans”.

The founders, advisors and motivators for this venture include:
William T. Kerr, Esq.
Bill Kerr has had a long and distinguished career in the practice of family law. He has served as Coordinator of the Clinical Law Programs at the University of Michigan and the University of Maryland. He is the author of “A Complete Guide to a Maryland Divorce” and currently serves on the Lawyer Assistance Committee of the Baltimore County Bar Association. Mr. Kerr holds BBA and JD degrees from the University of Michigan where he was Assistant Editor of the Law Review and winner of the Howard B Coblentz Award-Outstanding Assistant Editor.

Will Clemens
Will Clemens brings a strong background in finance, operations, and fund raising, especially in early stage companies. He was co-founder of Bluefire Security Technologies and a recipient of an E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Previous employers include Accenture, Legg Mason and CSX. Mr. Clemens is also the past Chairman of the Board of Paul’s Place, Inc. and past Chairman of the Board of Maryland Special Olympics. He is a graduate of The Hotchkiss School, Washington & Lee University and The College of William & Mary.

Ms. Bea Ramos, NF04, CGCDF, CFJST
BN Family Readiness Officer
Marine Forces Reserve
4th Combat Engineer Battalion
Baltimore, MD

1st Lt. John M. Lawlor (Esq,)
1968-1970 RVN 1969-1970
U.S. Army

Lt. Joseph Donahue (Esq)
U.S. Navy
Surface Warfare

Bert Pendleton Smith
Noted graphic designer,(and generous contributor to BUV of his graphic skills) author, retired University of Baltimore Emeritus Faculty, and former Marine. Enlisted in 1964 and served three years of active duty. He received a letter of commendation from the Undersecretary of the Navy, and was promoted to Sergeant (E-5). He was Honorably discharged February 10, 1970.

Trevor Marc Lane (In memorium)
A Marine Corps veteran (desert Storm) who, despite his service related injuries devoted his life to help veterans gain benefits and services to which they were entitled. ended his life Feb. 19, 2016 at his Idlewylde, Maryland home. He was 41. His passion, experience and vision continue to live in this project. He was living proof the “vets can help vets best”. His obituary is at the link below. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/obituaries/bs-md-ob-trevor-lane-20160226-story.html

Many more to come!