May 01, 2016

An Opportunity to Serve Those Who Serve Us

Tali K. Albukerk

While serving our country, Airman Michael Stewart* found that he also had a critical mission at home. He needed to adopt his stepchildren. Airman Stewart’s wife had been diagnosed with advanced-stage cancer. His wife’s ex-husband—the biological father of the children—had nearly no involvement with the children, and he had previously been incarcerated because of a history of drug and alcohol abuse and domestic violence. Airman Stewart’s military legal assistance attorney was concerned that Stewart would struggle representing himself for an adoption, so she referred Stewart to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project, which connected him to an experienced and dedicated pro bono attorney.

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