More than 400,000 veterans live in South Carolina. And many of them face financial, physical and mental challenges when returning home after deployment.
So the University of South Carolina is looking to make that transition a little easier. The university will offer a free legal clinic to veterans in need.
Clyde Bennett Gore, Jr., the director of the Veterans Legal Clinic explained why this type of program is needed. “Of that 400,000 veterans, only about 25% of them are receiving benefits from the VA… so we know there are a lot of veterans that are having issues not being addressed by the VA,” said Gore.
The clinic will offer free legal advice in four main areas; consumer debt protection, family law, government benefits, and housing and homelessness.
Gore added,” We feel if we can help with any of those four issues, we can help them get back on their feet, become productive members of their community and eliminate those roadblocks to getting a job.”
Students in USC’S School of Law will oversee the cases. It helps cut costs for the veterans and gives students practice. “And another thing with having so many students it allows us to help a lot of people,” Gore continued.
When school is not in session the School of Law’s faculty will take over the cases. The clinic plans to take on 25 cases in the fall.
The clinic will be open Monday through Friday from 9-5, and will be open for 12 months.
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