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Young Lawyers: Veterans Day - Giving Back with Legal Services

Young Lawyers: Veterans Day - Giving Back with Legal Services

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VETERANs DAY – GIVING BAcK WITH LEGAL sERVIcEs
 Young Lawyers
BY RYAN J. WORKS,
Young Lawyer chair
38 Nevada Lawyer
November 2010
“The bottom line is that many veterans are inneed of legal services in order to protect thebenefits and rights of which they are mostdeserving, considering their sacrifices.”
STATE BAR OF NEVADA 
 Nevada Lawyer Magazine
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On November 11, marking the anniversaryof the end of World War I, we honor our military veterans who have sacrificed so much to ensureour freedom. Hopefully, most of us rememberand honor our military men and women moreoften than once a year, but Woodrow Wilson andCongress decided that this would be the day for Americans to officially pay homage to the warheroes of our country.Having both friends and relatives in the armedforces, I have an incredible amount of respect forthese selfless individuals. So much so, that I oftenfeel guilty for not having served my country in thesame significant way that they have. The gravityof their sacrifices was recently brought into focusfor me when I was contacted by a disabled veteranwho was having trouble navigating the complexsystem of benefits and rights as determined by theUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs.Plagued with a deteriorating eye condition,sinus problems and diabetes – all stemming fromexposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam – this veteran was having difficulties submitting theforms, receiving answers to his questions andaccessing the necessary benefits to treat hishealth conditions. Although an advocate hadbeen assigned to his case, the issues he has hadwhile trying to access his rights and benefitshave dragged on for years, while his conditionscontinue to worsen. I was shocked to learn of theextreme delays in the process and to discoverwhat meager benefits he was receiving for suchan enormous sacrifice. While aiding this man was just a small favor for a deserving war veteran, Istarted thinking about how I could make a morewidespread contribution to our veterans.While I generally handle several pro bonomatters each year, I have never handled a probono case for a veteran and, frankly, I can thinkof nobody more deserving of such services. Although this veteran’s issues have beenresolved for the moment, I imagine many otherdeserving veterans are experiencing similarissues. Indeed, for many unrepresented non-lawyers trying to pilot the veterans’ benefitsprocess, an attorney can be extremely helpful,especially when benefits are denied, hearingsare held and appeals ensue. With a $600million veterans’ hospital slated to open in2012 in southern Nevada, legal issues for our veterans may only increase in frequency andsignificance.In conducting my research into how bestto serve veterans through legal services, Iwas pleased to find a few programs designedspecifically for this purpose.The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Programprovides free attorneys to veterans and theirqualifying family members who have appealspending at the United States Court of Appealsfor Veterans Claims. If an appeal has been filed,the Veterans Consortium will assist in providinghelp, free of charge. The Veterans Consortiumwas created through a grant from the LegalServices Corporation (LSC) as authorized byCongress. It is an ongoing, cooperative effortby four national veterans’ service organizations:the American Legion, the Disabled American

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