Project SALUTE to host Veterans' Legal Clinic

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, and 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 Pontiac on Thursday, May 13, at the Pontiac VA Vet Center, 44200 Woodward Ave.108., from 2 to 4 p.m. Project SALUTE will also be in Pontiac, Thursday, June 10, at the same time and location.

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 of Michigan.

For additional information about Project SALUTE or UDM Law, visit or call 1-888-UDM-LAW4 (836-5294).

Published: Mon, May 3, 2010