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Project offers free legal help for backlogged veterans claims

Project offers free legal help for backlogged veterans claims

South Florida veterans whose disability claims have been lingering for at least four months will be getting a special offer from the Department of Veterans Affairs: a free attorney. The regional VA office in St. Petersburg is one of two claims centers in the nation to be tapped for a pilot project slated to start early next year. The Veterans Claims Assistance Network will provide lawyers at no cost to vets with disability claims backlogged at least 125 days and who have no one, such as a service officer with a veteran's organization like the American Legion, working with the VA on their behalf. How it will work: Vets who meet the requirements will receive a letter from the VA,...

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