Want to make a real difference for struggling vets? Ensure access to legal aid


Far too often, veterans do not know their rights and don’t get the help they need. Low-income veterans and other military personnel received inadequate or no professional legal help for 88 percent of their civil legal problems in 2017.
Op-Ed (NATIONAL)

Alicia McCormick
Navy Times
August 6, 2017
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Tags: Veterans

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC), Northwest Justice Project (NJP) (WA)


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As a legal aid lawyer, I work with veterans every single day.

I see them struggle to get benefits they have earned through service to their country. I see their court battles to keep their homes and livelihoods. As a veteran myself, I’m deeply saddened to see how often the scales of justice are tipped against them.

For the veterans I see, the legal problems they must address threaten basic human needs — keeping roofs over their heads, paying for groceries and other necessities, and receiving necessary medical treatment.