Shelter Legal Services and BBA Volunteers Stand Up for Veterans at Massachusetts “Stand Down” Event

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Volunteer attorneys provided legal assistance to homeless and at-risk veterans at the Massachusetts Stand Down Event last Friday and Saturday.

Last Friday, 27 volunteer attorneys and four law students provided legal assistance to 122 homeless and at-risk veterans at the Massachusetts Stand Down at the Dorchester IBEW. Shelter Legal Services and members of the Boston Bar Association’s Military & Veterans Committee recruited volunteers to offer assistance in areas including state and federal benefits, family law, consumer debt and bankruptcy, housing, taxes, and criminal records.

“It is critical that we have attorneys from a variety of practice areas to assist these veterans who are some of the most vulnerable members of the community. By providing legal counseling, advice, and referrals, we are able to help veterans remove legal barriers to stable housing and self-sufficiency,” explained Anna Schleelein, Co-Executive Director of Shelter Legal Services and the coordinator of the event.

Stay tuned for more information on additional opportunities to assist veterans coming up in the fall. For more information about Shelter Legal Services, visit www.shelterlegalservices.org.