Veterans Legal Initiative coalition legal clinics

Two legal clinics for veterans in Texas were held last week.

On November 16, the Bell County Bar Association sponsored a legal advice clinic for veterans at American Legion Post 573 in Harker Heights (near Killeen) in Bell County. JoAnn Merica 
(pictured) presented a CLE program for members of the Bell County Bar, then attorneys stayed to volunteer for the clinic. DeLaine Ward of the Austin Bar Association also came down to assist. Ken Valka, president of the Bell County Bar Association, along with Cynthia Champion and Cindi Parker, co-executive directors of the Bell County Bar, facilitated the Bell County Bar’s sponsorship role. 40 veterans received assistance.

On November 17, Prof. Bridget Fusilier held Baylor Law School’s Wills Clinic, where 25 veterans had wills and estate planning documents executed with the help of volunteer attorneys and law students. 11 more are scheduled for execution at Baylor’s December clinic.

These were two successful events as part of the Veterans Legal Initiative coalition and Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans
 

Texas Veterans Commission grant to help veterans

The Texas Veterans Commission awarded a $95,000 grant to the Texas Legal Services Center (TLSC) to expand its Veterans Legal Hotline for Texas veterans who do not have access to civil legal services. The grant will allow TLSC to increase hotline hours and hire additional staff. Legal services provided to veterans primarily address issues relating to family, employment, housing, consumer, probate, and access to health care and benefits.

For details on State Bar efforts to provide legal help to Texas veterans, please visit our Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans page at www.texasbar.com/tltv.

 

New grant will expand legal help for Texas veterans

The Texas Veterans Commission today announced the recipients of more than $2 million in grants for veterans' assistance.

Among the awards is a $95,000 grant to the Texas Legal Services Center (TLSC) for the purpose of expanding its Veterans Legal Hotline for Texas veterans who do not have access to civil legal services. According to TLSC's Randall Chapman, the grant will allow it to increase hotline hours and hire additional staff to help provide the service.

Legal services provided to veterans primarily address issues relating to family, employment, housing, consumer, probate, and access to health care and benefits.

For details on State Bar of Texas efforts to provide legal help to Texas veterans, see Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans.

Texas lawyers commemorate Veterans Day

Above, leaders of the Texas Young Lawyers Association prepare for a Veterans Day parade in Dallas on Nov. 11, 2010, as part of the Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans project. Click here for a list of free legal clinics around the state this weekend in conjunction with Veterans Day.