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Working With Veterans: Trauma-Informed Lawyering [law.com]

 

Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Military Assistance Project (MAP) was established in 2011 to provide free legal services for active duty, reserve component, or veteran military personnel and their widow/spouses in the form of pro bono consumer and selected veteran’s administrative law services. We serve all branches, include spouses and widows, and accept clients with every level of military discharge.

Military Assistance Project utilizes a trauma-informed approach to lawyering whereby the law becomes an instrument of mental health healing through the provision of free legal services to veterans from all branches of service thus eliminating barriers to top-notch representation that would otherwise be inaccessible due to affordability. To date, MAP has discharged over $15 million in debt to over 1,500 clients nationwide—with a footprint in 26 states across the United States.

I joined MAP as executive director with the intention of growing our organization with two questions in mind: What’s happening to our vets that they are in debt, and what can I do to give back?

[For more on this story by Cecilia M. Cardesa , go to https://www.law.com/thelegalin...-informed-lawyering/]

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