Free legal guide now available to help Virginia servicemembers
RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) - Attorney General Mark Herring has launched a new helpful guide for Virginia servicemembers, military families, and veterans.
The guide, called the Virginia Military and Veteran Legal Resource Guide, is available at all Department of Veterans Services offices across the commonwealth, according to a press release.
The guide was created to help Virginia servicemembers, veterans, and their families, utilize the unique legal protections, rights, and resources available to them by law.
"The Virginia Military and Veteran Legal Resource guide helps servicemembers, military families, and veterans understand the many unique rights and protections afforded to them by state and federal law, and connects them with resources that can assist them when they have legal needs," said Attorney General Mark Herring. "The Department of Veterans Services provides invaluable support to our veterans across the Commonwealth, and I'm glad our guides will be available at all DVS offices to make them more accessible for those in need."
Officials say the 33-page guide is free and covers various areas, including:
- Including the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), pension and deferred compensation payments during military leave, continuing healthcare, and leave for military spouses and other family members
- Including the Service members Civil Relief Act (SCRA) which limits interest rates on loans, limits sale, foreclosure and seizure of homes, restricts repossession and eviction, and allows for the termination of certain leases
- Including the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, re-enrollment rights at colleges and universities, and certain tuition discounts for servicemembers, their families, and veterans.
- Including deductions and exemptions for certain military pay, extensions on filing, and tax relief for disabled veterans and surviving spouses.
- Including legal protections to ensure proceedings are fair to a servicemember who may be called away for service and issues surrounding child custody and visitation
Voting and Line of Duty Act
- Including programs to ensure easy access to the ballot for deployed service members and state benefits available to certain servicemembers killed or disabled in the line of duty.
Access to Legal Services
- Including contact information for attorneys and other professionals to assist with benefits issues, criminal matters, family law, and estate planning, including Attorney General Herring's quarterly Veterans Legal Clinics.
"The Virginia Military and Veteran Legal Resource Guide complements the DVS Virginia Veteran Resource Guide by focusing on the unique legal needs of veterans and military service members in Virginia," said Thomas Herthel, Benefits Director for the Virginia Department of Veterans Services. "By rolling out this new tool, Virginia has once again demonstrated that it is the most veteran and military friendly state in the nation. DVS offers access to both of these important resources at www.dvs.virginia.gov."
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