The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD) invites you to join forces with us to im-plement our year-long initiative, “Project Salute: Young Lawyers Serving Veterans.” Our goal is to help as many veterans as possible in all fifty states obtain their well-deserved federal benefits for serving our coun-try.
Why help veterans obtain federal benefits?
Currently there are 23 mil-lion veterans in the United States. Under Title 38 of the United States Code, veter-ans are entitled to a broad range of services provided by the Department of Veterans Administration (VA). But many veterans are unaware of these programs or require assistance in obtaining their benefits and don’t know where to turn.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2009,
•2.2 million Americans or more have served in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11.
•9 million veterans were over the age of 65;
•10.3 million served in the Korean or Vietnam Wars;
•2.3 million served in World War II; and
•5.6 million more have served in peacetime.
According to a Department of Housing and Urban Development study:
•Veterans comprise nearly
one-fifth of the homeless population;
•about 45 percent of these vets need help find-ing a job; and
•37 percent need assistance obtaining housing.
Join the effort to support our veterans!
The ABA YLD has partnered with the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (UDM) to implement Pro-ject Salute. To participate, a volunteer attorney must:
•Become VA accredited and complete a 3-hour training session. Complete a VA Form 21a. Accredi-tation can take up to sixty days.
•After accreditation, attend the necessary training session at an ABA YLD Conference or via a scheduled live webinar.
•Once accredited and trained, volunteer at an ABA YLD free legal clinic.
•Young lawyer organizations affiliated with the ABA YLD can hold free legal clinics to help veterans.