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November 11, 2016 Chloe Gotsis
ON VETERANS DAY, AG HEALEY ANNOUNCES PROGRAM TO PROVIDE LEGAL ASSISTANCE TO VETERANS
Program to Fund Legal Aid Groups and Nonprofits Focused on Helping Massachusetts Veterans
BOSTON – On Veterans Day, Attorney General Maura Healey announced a new grant program focused on providing legal assistance to veterans transitioning back into civilian life.
The Legal Assistance for Our Veterans Grant program will provide assistance to veterans seeking health benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system, housing and education assistance, discharge status upgrades, general legal representation and veteran-specific employment.
“Our veterans and service members have dedicated their lives to serving our country and keeping us all safe, and we need to do everything we can to make sure that they have the representation and tools needed to transition back into civilian life,” AG Healey said. “Our goal with this grant is to improve services for veterans and service members in Massachusetts and ensure access to all the benefits and protections they have earned.”
The grant program will utilize $355,000 from a judgment the AG’s Consumer Protection Division secured against Verizon and Sprint. The AG’s Office will give special consideration to applicants who can demonstrate that the grant will be used to serve underrepresented veteran populations including women, minorities and LGBTQ veterans.
The Legal Assistance for Our Veterans Grant is open to existing legal aid groups or nonprofit organizations with experience working with veterans, and with a focus on increasing access to services for veterans.
This is a two-year grant program that will start on Feb. 1, 2017 and will end on Jan. 21, 2019. Interested applicants can visit the AG’s website, www.mass.gov/ago/grants for more information and for application instructions. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016.