By Amaris Elliott-Engel
Of the Legal Staff
The Philadelphia Bar Association is expanding its legal assistance for active-duty military personnel and their families to all veterans who cannot afford or do not have access to the legal services they need.
The pro bono legal work will help veterans with “service-related compensation, discharge status and health care issues,” according to a bar association announcement. The Military Assistance Program also will assist a Philadelphia Municipal Court problem-solving court for veterans facing charges in the criminal justice system. Defendants facing criminal charges often also have civil legal problems.
The initiative accomplishes a key goal Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor John E. Savoth set for his year leading the voluntary bar association.
MAP also is in need of volunteers, and Charlie Klitsch, director of public and legal services for the bar association, can be reached by prospective volunteers at 215-238-6326, according to the association’s announcement.