New program provides legal aid to veterans

Lloyd Karmeier, Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, says navigating the legal system can be hard, and making sure that those who served in the military got the help they need was a priority.
News Story (Illinois)

Andrew Feather
WSIL-TV (Harrisburg, IL)
November 10, 2017

Tags: Veterans

Organizations mentioned/involved: Illinois Equal Justice Foundation


It will provide a hot line for legal services to active military, veterans, and their families.

“For our veterans and active duty service members this program is a great resource where they can call up, speak to an attorney, and have the majority of their legal problems solved right there over the phone.”

Zach Zarnow is the Program Director for the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation which runs AFLAN.

He says the new program will give the nearly one million active military veterans in Illinois and their families free legal help with military issues like discharge upgrades and benefits, as well as with civil matters, including family, housing and consumer issues.