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Unique collaboration will address legal needs of military caregivers and veterans

Unique collaboration will address legal needs of military caregivers and veterans

By John Glynn

First lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of the vice president, announced on April 11 a new effort to support caregivers of military service members and veterans as part of the White House’s Joining Forces initiative. Through a first-of-its-kind collaboration, the American Bar Association, Military Officers Association of America and Center for Veterans Advancement, in partnership with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, have created one-stop legal resource for military caregivers.

The Tips for Lifelong Caregiving website is the first of two online guidebooks developed by the groups. The website provides information and resources developed by the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel on a range of issues, including credit and bankruptcy, taxation, powers of attorney, wills and trusts, family law, guardianship, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and the VA Fiduciary Program. The online resource also links to ABA Home Front, the association’s online legal resource center for military families and veterans. Along with easy-to-understand legal information, the site includes a national directory of programs and organizations that provide free and reduced-cost civil legal services.

“The ABA is partnering with the Tips for Lifelong Caregiving website as a way to extend our delivery of comprehensive, free legal information and support to military members, veterans and their families,” ABA President James R. Silkenat said. “Our legal expertise can empower caregivers, alleviate some of the uncertainty in their lives and let them know they are not alone in their struggles.”

A second website to help military caregivers will launch in the coming weeks. The upcoming lawyersforheros.org website will include links to the ABA’s military- and veteran-focused pro bono programs, including the ABA Military Pro Bono Project and ABA Veterans Claims and Assistance Network.

For more on the ABA’s involvement with the White House’s Joining Forces initiative, click here.

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