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What Difference Does It Make if the Client Is a Veteran? None if You Don't Ask About Veteran Status

By Mary Ellen McCarthy

By asking a low-income or elderly legal aid client if the client is a veteran, dependent of a veteran, or survivor of a veteran, those who represent poor, elderly, and disabled persons may be able to identify monetary benefits and services from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and these benefits may help resolve the client’s legal issues. An advocate need not be an expert in veterans law to identify VA benefits and refer a client to VA for assistance. A quick screening guide and descriptions of some monetary and health benefits help advocates ask the right questions and refer clients to resources.

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