Project continues providing pro bono legal assistance to veterans

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law's (UDM Law) Project SALUTE is traveling across the State of Michigan in a mobile law office, a recreational vehicle custom designed, built and generously donated by General Motors Corporation, providing free legal advice to low-income veterans on their federal veterans' disability and pension benefits claims.

Project SALUTE's three primary goals are: 1) Educate law students by providing one-on-one contact with real clients with real cases; 2) Educate veterans of their rights under federal law and provide individualized legal counsel to obtain benefits; 3) Educate attorneys in Veterans' Benefits Law to create a network of free assistance for veterans.

Utilizing a grant from the State of Michigan, Project SALUTE will host a veterans' legal clinic in Detroit on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the Detroit Veterans Center/MI Veterans Foundation, located at 2770 Park Ave., from 1 to 3 p.m. Project SALUTE will also host a veterans' legal clinic in Detroit on Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Detroit VA Vet Center, located at 4161 Cass Ave., from 2 to 4 p.m.

The state grant is also being used to establish a freestanding Veterans Clinic at the school dedicated to specifically addressing veterans' disability and pension benefits matters. Under the supervision of law school faculty, law students are able to provide assistance to Michigan's veterans in their efforts to seek Federal veterans' benefits payments.

To date, Project SALUTE has counseled more than 600 veterans and trained more than 200 pro bono attorneys across the state.

Published: Wed, Sep 15, 2010