Veterans Column: Legal Aid Network for veterans

Veterans Column: Legal Aid Network for veterans
SHARE THIS STORY
  • 18
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •   
  •  
  •  
  •   
  •  
  •  
    18
    Shares

Veterans Column: Legal Aid Network for veterans

By Jerry Field

(This article is about the network which is a pro bono legal resource for Veterans, service members, and dependents in Illinois. It was written by Zach Zarnow.)

In just over a year and a half, The Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network (IL-AFLAN) has provided civil legal services, ranging from brief advice all the way to extended courtroom representation, to well over 4,000 veterans and service members. The network does so via a sophisticated centralized telephone hotline that covers the entire state, along with a network of regional providers.

At the moment, within five minutes of calling, a person seeking assistance from IL-AFLAN is speaking with an attorney and on the road to getting their problem solved. A wait will never exceed 10 minutes because the hotline will automatically schedule a call-back during times of unusually high call volume. Roughly 65% of the time, that hotline attorney can completely solve the caller’s problem over the phone, providing them with advice, instructions, and completed forms and documents.

When more than a phone call is needed, the appropriate IL-AFLAN member will receive an electronic referral containing the hotline attorney notes, any relevant documents, and the assurance that the client has already had the benefit of attorney consultation and that a warm handoff is being effectuated. The network is growing, and currently consists of 13 organizations, including law school clinics at John Marshall Law, Southern Illinois University Law, Loyola Law, traditional legal aid organizations like Land of Lincoln, Prairie State, and LAF, and pro bono volunteer attorneys through PILI and Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. A complete list of organizations is available on the IL-AFLAN website.

=======================================

SUBSCRIBE TO RAY HANANIA'S COLUMN

Enter your email address and

receive ALL of Ray Hanania's columns

Delivered by FeedBurner

=======================================

Those seeking assistance are encouraged to call the hotline Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm at 855-452-3526 (855-IL-AFLAN) when they have time to speak with an attorney and have any relevant documents in front of them. IL-AFLAN assists veterans, active duty military, national guard, reserves, and their spouse or dependents. IL-AFLAN solves civil legal problems like housing, consumer, and family law matters, as well as VA benefits appeals and discharge upgrades.

It is designed to assist those who cannot afford to hire an attorney and has income eligibility of 80% of Chicago Area Media Income (applies statewide). Assistance is available to all discharge characterizations except Dishonorable. More information is available at: www.ilaflan.org.

DUPAGE VETERANS FOUNDATION 2019 Fundraiser

Please join us to honor our WWII and Korean WarEra Veterans

*FEATUREEVENTS*  PeriodMilitaryVehicles*AircraftMilitaryUniforms     OtherMemorabilia                  SilentAuction

WWII KoreanWarEraVeterans FREE ADMISSION

LIVE MUSIC

Period Music

$30inAdvance*    $40 AtTheDoor*    $20Child                    IOIIOIFLIGIT

AbenefitforHonorFlightChicago.

The Cook Country Veterans Assistance Commission,(VACCC) held its annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner at the Ukrainian Cultural Center. The officers of the VACCC honored an outstanding volunteers Dr. and Mrs. Mark Weinman. The officers of VACCC are John Steiw, Intern Superintendent, Rochelle Crump, Sr. Vice Commander  and Commander, National Women Veterans United, Jerry Thomas VACC Commander,  and the honorees Rita and Mark Weinman D. MD. Photo Jerry Field

The Cook Country Veterans Assistance Commission,(VACCC) held its annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner at the Ukrainian Cultural Center. The officers of the VACCC honored an outstanding volunteers Dr. and Mrs. Mark Weinman. The officers of VACCC are John Steiw, Intern Superintendent, Rochelle Crump, Sr. Vice Commander  and Commander, National Women Veterans United, Jerry Thomas VACC Commander,  and the honorees Rita and Mark Weinman D. MD. Photo Jerry Field

 

News Editor

SHARE THIS STORY
  • 18
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •   
  •  
  •  
  •   
  •  
  •  
    18
    Shares
  •  
    18
    Shares
  • 18
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •   
  •  
  •  
  •   
  •  

Leave a Reply