ABA introduces increased services for military, veterans

In recognition and honor of veterans and active military personnel, the American Bar Association reaffirmed its commitment to those who have served by introducing the newly formed ABA Military and Veterans Legal Center.

The center will create special projects, networks, CLEs and resources to increase access to legal services for veterans, according to an announcement Monday.

The center houses additional information regarding other military and veteran ABA initiatives, including the Military Pro Bono Project, a national network of pro bono attorneys providing free legal services to active-duty military families; ABA Home Front, an online legal education and referral resource center for members of the military; and Operation Stand-By, a platform through which military attorneys may seek guidance from volunteer civilian attorneys.

ABA president Bob Carlson also announced Monday the official relaunch of the Veterans Claims Assistance Network, which links unrepresented veterans to pro bono lawyers who help them assemble their initial VA disability compensation claims.

This follows the 2016-2017 establishment of the ABA Veterans Legal Services Initiative introduced by then-ABA president Linda Klein. The initiative aims for the ABA to lead and coordinate “a holistic, multipronged, sustainable effort to ensure that Veterans have access to justice and receive the legal support they, their families, and their caregivers deserve.

“The ABA works every day to ensure that those currently or formerly serving in our armed services have access to legal services and receive the protections and benefits to which they are entitled,” Carlson said in a news release. “Our success in this mission is entirely dependent on the involvement and support of the legal community.”

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