Target Audience: Law librarians interested in providing services to military members and veterans
1) Participants will be able to articulate anecdotal and statistical indicators of the need for legal assistance for military service members and veterans.
2) Participants will be able to summarize three means of support that law librarians can provide to address the needs of service members and veterans.
While a growing number of service members are returning home, many of those still deployed abroad continue to serve despite intensifying legal issues at home. Additionally, because of the increasing number of veterans returning home with medical and other significant needs, veterans are finding it more difficult to successfully assert claims for medical and other types of assistance. Further, criminal courts are seeing an increasing number of cases involving veterans. The American Bar Association, state bar associations, and academic institutions are implementing programs to provide legal assistance to service members and veterans. This program will attempt to describe the scope of the need and familiarize participants with some of the program initiatives and resources designed to help address the legal needs of service members and veterans. The panel members will also discuss how law librarians can support these programs.