Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Virginia AG Giving Veterans Legal Aid, Will Other States?

VA Attorney General announces legal aid for Veterans
Published: December 7, 2015

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring came to Norfolk Monday morning to announce his office is launching pro bono veterans legal clinics around the state.

Herring’s program will give low-income veterans free help in three areas: creating ills, power of attorney and advanced medical directives.

“These are folks who have served our country in times of need and we owe so much to them this is a way we can begin to repay that,” said Herring.

He told WAVY.com that over half of Americans do not have this kind of basic estate planning.

Walter Goodwyn, a veteran and chair of the Tidewater Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is one of them.

“In March I’ll probably be one of the first ones up there,” Goodwyn told WAVY.

In his work Goodwyn sees how difficult it is for families after a death when there is no legal guidance. He is also excited for the more than 780,000 veterans who call Virginia Home.
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