LABG promotes expedited attention to veterans who are experiencing civil legal problems by its designated Veterans Hotline. Assisting with these conflicts presents an expansion of legal issues from LABG’s current priorities. A law clerk makes an initial contact to ascertain the legal issue and some qualifying information.
LABG represents veterans who have cause to appeal a Veterans Affairs ruling related to disability benefits. Having a VA accredited attorney on staff permits Legal Aid to provide advice and representation for both initial application and through the administrative and federal court appeals.
Veteran legal clinic
LABG provides multiple attorneys bi-monthly for an on-site consultation and evaluation of legal problems on the minds of veterans in residential treatment at the Ft. Thomas domiciliary. Staff personnel at the domiciliary advertise upcoming dates of clinics. Veterans may reserve a consultation to discuss civil legal issues for the purpose of removing impediments to their treatment.
Veteran one-stop events
LABG attends multiple events every year which provide an exposition of services specifically for veterans. Attorneys and SHIP counselors bring give-away trinkets and information to attendees who present legal concerns. Since this opportunity is open to veteran families, it is often a way to reach a potential client who is reluctant to make a direct contact.
- Examples of these events are:
- Bellevue Stand Down
- Ashland Veterans’ Expo
- Grandparents as Parents conferences in Lexington and Covington.
Veteran treatment court.
LABG supports this effort by designating an attorney to attend staffing meeting prior to the court docket and during the docket call to meet potential clients. LABG presence serves as support to the veteran community and a willingness to advise and represent veterans in their collateral civil issues. Assistance to a client of veteran treatment court resolves removes the stress and barriers which might otherwise prevent the veteran’s success in this court.
Veteran benefit counseling
LABG advises individuals about government programs available for medical / prescription care, disability income, energy assistance, and housing problems. The scope of the knowledgeable SHIP counselors also extends to private programs, such as Medigap and employer policies. Through this program, LABG assists clients with important information or in applying for benefits.