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08/21/2013

Wyoming State Bar Urges Attorneys to Participate in Military Legal Assistance Campaign

CHEYENNE – Over the next 17 months, the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan will bring thousands of Service members back home. Coming home can mean facing difficult changes, reemployment and financial challenges, stressful family conditions and in many cases, legal issues that developed while deployed.

The Wyoming State Bar is proud to partner with Army OneSource on a campaign to recruit Wyoming attorneys to help Service members, Veterans and their families address the legal challenges they face.

“Our goal is to get attorneys in Wyoming to step forward and help make legal assistance available to all who served. The campaign launched on July 30 and continues until September 17,” said Denise Burke, Executive Director of the Wyoming State Bar. “Service members and veterans from Wyoming and their families have made huge sacrifices for their country. Now we’re giving attorneys in Wyoming the opportunity to help these heroes with their legal challenges.”

The Wyoming State Bar is asking its members to consider presenting a legal clinic or workshop at military events, or to provide pro bono or reduced-rate legal advice or representation to Service members and Veterans.

“Even something as simple as understanding and explaining their federally-protected housing and employment rights can make a huge difference in helping them readjust to life back home,” Burke added.

Along with Army OneSource, the Wyoming State Bar is offering three free online legal education courses on military cultural competence and how to effectively communicate with Service members. You can access the courses at: http://aoslegal.cequick.com

Anyone wishing further information about the program should contact the Wyoming State Bar at (307) 432-2105. Veterans in need of assistance should call toll-free 877-432-9955.

     

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