US VA.Gov Prioritizes Improving Veterans’ Access to Pro Bono Legal Services
November 13, 2017, 11:27:00 AM
USA — Today, the Dept. of Vet Affairs (US VA.Gov), together with the American Bar Association, The Veterans Consortium and National Law School Veterans Clinic Consortium, signed a Memorandum of Agreement aimed at improving Veterans’ access to completely free legal services.
US Vets often face stressful legal problems — such as eviction, foreclosure, child support, or drivers’ license revocations — that can affect their ability to gain or maintain employment and housing or focus on medical treatment. In VA’s annual Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups survey, legal assistance repeatedly tops the list of homeless Veterans’ unmet needs.
“We are encouraging Unites States Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and other US Vets Affairs facilities to engage with their local communities to establish legal clinics and Medical Legal Partnerships to address Veterans’ legal needs that threaten their health and well-being,” said Veteran Affairs Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “By signing this agreement, we are documenting a shared commitment to better facilitate Veterans’ access to legal services.”
Currently, Vets Affairs hosts at least 165 completely free legal clinics in its Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Community Based Outpatient Clinics and Vets Centers across the country by partnering with external, legal-service providers, such as local bar associations, legal-aid organizations and law school clinics.
News Source: https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/PressArtInternet.cfm?id=3974