Col. Beverly Schneider received the 2019 Matt Dale Outstanding Advocate of the Year Award on Friday at Fort Harrison.
Schneider, a judge advocate with the Montana National Guard, was nominated by colleagues for her advocacy on behalf of military victims of violence, particularly those in sexual assault cases. She began her career as an assistant staff judge advocate stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls. She began serving as a staff judge advocate for the Montana National Guard in 2010 at Fort Harrison.
“Sometimes, military victims may not feel comfortable bringing issues forward to their chain of command,” Attorney General Tim Fox, who presented the award, said. “Col. Schneider has always been compelled to act on behalf of those victims, particularly for survivors of sexual assault. Over the past several years, Col. Schneider has demonstrated excellence in using a victim-centered approach, and I am pleased to note she is our first honoree from the military justice system in the 26-year history of this award.”
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“Col. Beverly Schneider has dedicated herself to assisting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault both within and outside the military. Her compassion and steadfast determination to ensure victims are cared for, and every service is afforded for their continued assistance, has made a positive difference in the lives of victims,” said Montana’s Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Matthew Quinn.
The Outstanding Advocate of the Year Award is named in memory of the late Matt Dale, who directed the Montana Department of Justice’s Office of Consumer Protection and Victim Services for 17 years.