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Lawyers to offer legal help to returning military personnel

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The Virginia Bar Association (VBA) has begun an effort to help military personnel returning home from the wars in Afghanistan.

The VBA is partnering with Army OneSource on a campaign to recruit Virginia attorneys to help service members, veterans and their families address any legal challenges they face.

“Our goal is to get 200 attorneys in Virginia to step forward and help make legal assistance available to all who served,” said Hugh M. Fain III, the VBA’s president.  “Service members and veterans from Virginia and their families have made huge sacrifices for their country. Now we’re giving attorneys in Virginia the opportunity to help these heroes with their legal challenges.”

The campaign, which began on Oct. 2, will continue until Veteran’s Day,

The VBA is asking members to consider presenting a legal clinic or workshop at military events, or to provide pro bono or reduced-rate legal advice or representation to service members and veterans.

“Even something as simple as understanding and explaining their federally-protected housing and employment rights can make a huge difference in helping them readjust to life back home,” Fain said in a statement.

 


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