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Free legal clinic for retired, disabled veterans Oct. 5 in Dallas

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DALLAS – Metroplex Veterans Legal Services is conducting a free legal clinic for veterans who are retired or have combat-related injuries at the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP, 2021 McKinney Ave, Suite 2000, Dallas 75201.

The Veterans must be receiving or have received military retirement pay either from a military disability or after 20 or more years of service.

Eligible veterans must register on-line in advance of the clinic at metroplex.veteranslegalservices.us.

According to a news release, Veteran’s Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) provides tax-free monthly payments to eligible retired veterans with combat-related injuries. CRSC allows eligible retirees to concurrently receive an amount equal to or less than their length of service retirement pay and their VA disability compensation, if the injury is combat-related.

“The unmet legal needs of veterans are one of the root causes of homelessness,” said Former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “Working with partners in law schools and the legal community, we can improve the lives of these vulnerable veterans.”

Metroplex Veterans Legal Services offers single issue legal clinics to Veterans on a pro-bono basis.  The legal clinics focus on removing the legal barriers to employment for veterans, and assisting disabled veterans to obtain military disability benefits.  The goal is to provide free legal counsel and advice to low income, unemployed, homeless, disabled, elderly, or at risk for homelessness veterans for outstanding traffic tickets, warrants from tickets, and driver’s license issues caused by tickets; child support modification; expunction of criminal arrests; and combat related special compensation. These unpaid traffic tickets, and delinquent child support can lead to suspended driver’s licenses, which can lead to barriers for these veterans to obtain employment.

The pro bono legal resources for veterans have been very scarce prior to the commencement of this program. According to a recent Department of Veterans Affairs survey, legal issues account for four of the top ten unmet needs of homeless veterans: legal counsel for the issues of foreclosure/eviction, child support, and restoring driver’s licenses, and legal assistance for warrants and fines.  Our legal clinics address three of these four unmet legal needs, for child support modification, restoring driver’s licenses, and legal assistance for warrants and fines.

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