New Program Aims to Better Connect Veterans, Active Duty Military with Legal Resources

Nov 9, 2017

SC Attorney General Alan Wilson announced new program to help veterans, active duty military, and members of the reserves.
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Attorney General Alan Wilson announced a new program that will help Veterans, active duty military, and members of the reserve get free legal help. The program is called V.A.L.O.R., which stands for Veterans, Active/ Reserve Legal OutReach. Wilson said the program will better connect veterans and members of the military with legal help they need and may not know where to get or may not be able to afford.

The program will consist of free legal clinics and will also have a referral line to connect veterans and members of the military with lawyers who will provide free or heavily-discounted legal help for problems too complex to be handled at clinics.

Some of the legal issues that will be handled at clinics range from writing wills and power of attorney documents; to handling Service Member Civil Relief Act issues. Those issues can be landlord/ tenant or employment issues that come up when a service member is deployed, or a service member who is not receiving lower interest rates when deployed that are required by law.

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The first free clinic will be held in January in Rock Hill, the second in February in Florence. Subsequent clinics around the state will be announced at a later date.