Last week I had the privilege of volunteering at my firm’s pro bono legal clinic at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  The clinic provides pro bono legal services and advice to our country’s veterans.  The veterans who served have a wide variety of need for legal advice –primarily in the area of family law, estate and probate, employment and criminal law.  It was my privilege to be able to assist five different veterans and their families who collectively served in every conflict since the Korean war.

While most employers cannot provide pro bono legal services to our veterans, one of their biggest needs is employment opportunities.  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides a variety of services that will assist employers in hiring and retaining veterans such vocational rehabilitation and Vetsuccess programs.  Similarly, the 501(c)(3) Hire Heros USA assists in creating job opportunities for US military transitioning service members, veterans, and their spouses through personalized employment training and corporate engagement.

When you have hiring needs, consider whether you can make that opportunity available to a military veteran.  Those men and women served our country and each of us should do what we can to thank them for their service. 

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