Attorney General Mark R. Herring stopped by the Loudoun Department of Veterans Services office Ashburn this morning to highlight an expansion of the commonwealth’s efforts to better support service members and their families.
Herring dropped off copies of the newly published “Military & Veteran Legal Resource Guide.” The 34-page booklet is designed to be a go-to resource for veterans seeking guidance on a wide variety of common legal issues they face, including employment law, consumer protection, voting rights, tax law and education benefits.
Herring said his office has focused on protecting service members who are often targeted by scammers and who face challenges inherent in frequent deployments. Since 2015, the AG’s office has organized quarterly pro-bono legal clinics for service members and also has secured nearly $100 million in debt relief for veterans in consumer protection actions against firms that targeted military families with deceptive and illegal business practices.
“We’re just really proud to be able to help them for all they’ve done for us,” Herring said.
The legal resource guide is available at veteran’s offices around Virginia and online.
The Loudoun Department of Veterans Services opened earlier this year. Visitors to the office can meet one-on-one with veterans’ services representatives who can help them identify and apply for benefits. There also are resource specialists from the Virginia Veteran and Family Support Program to help connect veterans and their families with behavioral health, rehabilitative, and supportive services.