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Legal Assistance

The availability of legal assistance for military veterans expanded significantly in the past decade. Legal assistance includes online information addressing many of the common legal issues someone may experience, nationwide legal counsel interested in and/or familiar with military culture, some pro bono, lower-fee, and income-sensitive services as well as other general referral resources to organizations and individuals with an interest in assisting servicemembers and veterans that may entail associated fees.

Legal Resources

It's best to seek informed, professional guidance.  Each agency will assess your legal needs and determine if they can assist you.  There are no guarantees everyone will be afforded legal counsel.  If legal assistance is provided, the terms of the assistance are made between you and the attorney.

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Transitioning from the military law enforcement and justice systems can be a significant mindset adjustment for veterans. While serving on active duty with the Department of Defense, military servicemembers are subject to military law which is a separate and distinct legal system from U.S. civilian judicial systems. Military justice is governed by two major authorities: the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and the Manuals for Courts-Martial (MCM). The UCMJ, found in Title 10 United States Code Chapter 47 and implemented through the Manual for Courts-Martial, is a federal body of laws and procedures governing members of the armed forces. The laws are generally a combination of military-specific and common civil laws.