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Singer & Bucco Bill Assisting Service Members and Veterans with No-Fee Legal Assistance Clears Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer and Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would help military service members and veterans with cost-free legal representation in civil issues was approved today in the Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Robert Singer and Sen. Anthony M. Bucco that would help military service members and veterans with cost-free legal representation in civil issues was approved by the Senate. (Pixabay)

The Military Pro Bono Program would be established in the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs under the legislation, S-1388.

“Thousands of New Jersey residents are serving in the armed forces on active-duty or as reserves,” said Senator Singer (R-30). “Many will be returning home after deployments oversees in Iraq, Afghanistan or elsewhere. Some may have been adversely affected by or during deployment and may require legal help or guidance to re-establish their lives back home.

“For all they have given up on our behalf, they deserve some help,” Singer continued.

Under the bill, attorneys on a volunteer basis would represent qualifying service members and veterans in various civil law actions including family, immigration, employment, debtor-creditor, estate planning, and military administrative law.

“Veterans and their family members make significant sacrifices in service of our nation and defense of our freedom,” said Senator Bucco (R-25). “This benefit has been hard-earned and well-deserved.

“Providing a program that will offer them no-cost legal help will ease their stress and financial burdens and serve as a reminder of our appreciation of their commitment and service to our great nation,” Bucco continued.

The Military Pro Bono Program established by this bill will complement an existing pro bono program, the Military Legal Assistance Program, administered by the New Jersey State Bar Association.

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