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November 10, 2015


For Veterans Day: Resources for Assisting Servicemembers

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Veteran in a wheelchair
On Veterans Day, consider these opportunities show your appreciation for those who served.

Disabled veteran in a cemeteryShow your appreciation for those who served by considering these opportunities to provide legal-assistance to veterans in your community.

Veterans Day is on Wednesday, Nov. 11, and if you’d like to show your appreciation for the men and women who have served in the military, the State Bar has the perfect resource to help you to assist veterans with their legal needs. WSBA Call to Duty helps provide veterans with legal services and resources, including estate planning, housing, and disability and other benefits for veterans.

Regardless of practice area, lawyers have the ability to assist veterans in need — even if your area of expertise may not seem relevant to serving vets.

“One thing I’d like to see is access to bankruptcy advice or other financial advising,” suggests Justin, a veteran currently employed as a firefighter. “Many (veterans) who separate from the service are unable to find gainful employment due to the economy.”

Paul, a Vietnam War veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, says what is most needed by veterans is increased access to health law advocates to assist them in obtaining health care, especially for mental health.

Casey, a veteran who served in the Persian Gulf and now works as a musician, reports that the areas in which he sees most veterans struggling to find assistance are in child custody, child support, and other family law matters.

The services veterans need are varied and include many areas of legal expertise. If you’d like to help, there are many opportunities in the community for serving veterans and their legal needs year-round.

The Seattle Stand Down event on Dec. 17–18, 2015, provides a one-stop location for veterans to get assistance with a variety of community and social services and it is always looking for volunteers.
The Northwest Justice Project runs a Veterans Project to serve veterans with civil legal needs. They welcome the volunteer participation of attorneys licensed to practice in Washington state.
Washington Law Help offers a guide to Representing Washington Veterans, which provides basic legal and cultural concepts as an introduction to providing veterans with legal care.

In addition to earning pro bono hours, you also get the satisfaction of serving those who have served this country. This Veterans Day why not take the WSBA Call to Duty pledge and commit to serving Washington’s veterans?

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