IL-AFLAN Addresses Urgent Demand for Veterans Legal Services
(CHICAGO)……In advance of Veterans Day, low-income Illinois veterans can see if they qualify for free civil legal assistance through the Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network (IL-AFLAN). IL-AFLAN is a statewide hotline and support network, funded by the state of Illinois, that provides help for civil legal problems such as family, housing and consumer issues and military specific-issues such as discharge upgrades and benefits appeals.
Veterans, current military members, National Guard, reservists and their dependents can call the IL-AFLAN hotline at 855-452-3526 and speak to an attorney for free.
“As we celebrate Veterans Day, it’s important to note that many of our veterans are struggling because of civil legal problems like eviction or trouble accessing their VA benefits,” said Trish McGill, Chair of the Illinois Access to Civil Justice Council. “IL-AFLAN helps our veterans protect their legal rights, just like they served to protect our rights.”
The Legal Services Corporation estimates that low-income veterans receive either inadequate or no professional legal help for 88 percent of their civil legal problems.
To date, IL-AFLAN has helped more than 22,000 Illinois veterans. IL-AFLAN attorneys have also secured more than $12 million in financial benefits for local veterans and their families, and more than $8 Million in Veterans Administration benefit appeals.
To be eligible for IL-AFLAN’s services, veterans and active duty military members need to have an income of less than 80 percent of the Chicago area median income. For a family of four, this translates into $63,200 annually.
For more information, visit ilaflan.org or call 855-452-3526.
Margarite Wypychowski, 773-458-8961