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November 10, 2023

Statement of ABA President Mary Smith Re: Veterans Day

CHICAGO, Nov. 10, 2023 —The American Bar Association joins the nation on this Veterans Day to honor the sacrifice and contributions of the men and women who have served our country and defended the rule of law in the United States and around the globe.

The ABA has long been committed to pursuing justice for all military personnel as they serve our country and all veterans after they resume civilian life. The ABA Military and Veterans Legal Center works with government and military services as well as other bar associations to provide free or affordable legal services to veterans. The ABA also works with Congress and the executive branch to support programs for veterans.

This summer, the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded $11.5 million in legal services grants for veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness through its new Legal Services for Veterans Grant Program. The ABA has long worked to remove legal barriers for veterans' access to housing, employment, benefits and services.

The legal community relies on the service and sacrifice of military families to safeguard our security, our way of life and the rule of law itself. As lawyers, let us continue to explore ways we can repay them for their service, not just on this Veterans Day, but every day.

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