Local veterans and the legal issues they face will be the focus of an event hosted Saturday by Albany Law School’s Veterans Pro Bono Group.
The event is dubbed Veterans’ Service Day and is to run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the law school, 80 New Scotland Ave.
In all, 15 local attorneys are set to provide assistance for veterans in many legal areas. Other agencies and advocacy organizations that serve veterans are also scheduled to be on hand, offering help in other ways, including employment opportunities, small business counseling, peer mentoring and education consulting.
Helping organize the event is Albany Law School student Josh Bennett, an intern with the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office.
He is a veteran himself, with six years’ active duty in the Air Force.
Bennett said veterans face some of the same legal issues as non-veterans and others that are unique to them.
“It serves an underserved community,” he said of Saturday’s event.
Scheduled to attend is U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, who will present letters to honor the service of two attorneys who are veterans, Mark Myers and Joel Abelove.
A total of 60 veterans are signed up for legal appointments, Bennett said. Veterans not seeking legal advice are also invited to take advantage of the other forms of assistance that will be offered, he said.
Past events over the previous two years have served more than 200 veterans.
More information can be found online at www.albanylaw.edu/veterans or by contacting Bennett at 518-445-2365 or 405-922-2098.
Local attorney Chad McFarland of the law firm Tully Rinckey is one of the attorneys who will meet with veterans Saturday.
“Serving our veterans is, I think, not only our civic duty, but also a privilege,” said McFarland, who served eight years in the Army as a judge advocate.