The Texas Access to Justice Foundation launched a new campaign to benefit the Joe Jamail Endowment for Veteran Legal Services, a fund created to ensure Texas veterans have fair and equitable access to the justice system. “Remembering Our Heroes” will allow the endowment’s contributors to make donations in name of military veterans—living or deceased—and active duty personnel. The foundation will honor them during Veterans Day events.
“This campaign expands the endowment’s mission to continue the legacy of legal legend Joe Jamail by honoring the legacies of other veterans and providing funding for free legal assistance to those who have fought for our freedom,” Terry Tottenham, chair of the endowment committee of the foundation’s board of directors, said in a press release.
Access to free legal services is critical in Texas, which has the second-highest population of veterans in the United States. Legal issues make up five of the top 10 unmet needs of homeless veterans, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Texas Access to Justice Foundation funds 14 nonprofit organizations across the state that provide free legal services to low-income veterans with civil legal matters that include the denial of critical medical care, legal issues related to disabilities, family law matters, denial of benefits, and additional issues that may arise because of a veteran’s absence from home during military service. These organizations offer legal services that reach more than 8,000 veterans each year.
Houston attorney Richard Mithoff, a protégé of Jamail, created the endowment to honor his mentor’s vision of access to justice for all.
“The endowment honors Joe’s commitment to access to justice and to our veterans,” Mithoff said in a press release. “But he wasn’t alone in that cause. Remembering Our Heroes will honor the continued legacy of all veterans.”