I'm very proud to be a Houston attorney and a member of the Houston Bar Association! It has so many volunteer programs and ways to give back to the community. The Veterans Legal Initiative was established in 2008 by the Houston Bar Association (HBA), Houston Bar Foundation (HBF) and Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program (HVLP).

The program provides free legal advice and legal representation to U.S. veterans. Any veteran, or spouse of a deceased veteran, can get advice and counsel at one of the clinics offered by the VLI at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center or at one of the community clinics.

Low-income veterans who need further legal representation in civil matters and meet eligibility guidelines can be assigned a pro bono attorney through the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program (HVLP), a public service of the Houston Bar Association.

The VLI is now part of a coalition of bar associations in 17 Texas counties that provides free legal advice clinics and legal representation to veterans through clinics scheduled periodically in the following counties: Bell, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, McLennan, Montgomery, Orange, San Jacinto, Travis Walker and Waller.

If you are a veteran with a question about legal services, contact: Andrew Lehmann, Staff Attorney, VLI or visit the VLI website.

J Thomas Black
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