ArmyOneSource logoHere is another in a series of news items related to an initiative of the State Bar to help fill the legal needs of recently deployed military personnel. (Read more about it here.)

Tomorrow, I have a JAG item and other news that may affect attorneys you might know. But first, today’s news:

When legal issues arise at home, servicemembers are often unable to find the help they need. The aid and advice of a trusted attorney located in or near their home community can be a lifeline of support.

JAG Corps attorneys can only provide limited counsel.

Military families may need assistance dealing with divorce, child custody, bankruptcy, probate and financial issues. Attorneys in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAGs) are able to provide limited counsel to servicemembers, but heavy caseloads and numerous demands compete for their time. 

When servicemembers return, they need legal help near their home communities.

Only 37 percent of military families live on installations; the remaining 63 percent live in more than 4,000 communities nationwide. Our troops need legal assistance closer to home. Give them someone to turn to for help.

State Bar of Arizona SBA_Logo_ColorLearn how you can help Servicemembers in your community.

Attorneys may sign up here.

Follow the initiative on Twitter.

ArmyOneSource logoOver the past month, I have shared information from a collaboration of the State Bar of Arizona in an initiative to assist military personnel who were formerly deployed. As the organizers point out, those former servicemembers may face numerous challenges, including legal obstacles.

The campaign recommends ways that Arizona lawyers may get involved.

In the multi-week information campaign, this week’s message relates to the important matter of jobs, specifically as it relates to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. (Read our previous Arizona Attorney Magazine coverage of the Act here).

As the campaign’s organizers say:

Servicemembers return home from deployment believing their jobs are waiting for them. For some, the joy of coming home is short lived when they find their employer has replaced them.

After serving their country, their jobs should be waiting.

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) prohibits employer discrimination because of military service and protects job rights and benefits for servicemembers.

Many employers are not aware of these protections.

State Bar of Arizona SBA_Logo_ColorUSERRA provides protection for:

  • Military leave of absence
  • Job seniority
  • Status
  • Pay and benefits
  • Promotion and pension
  • Disability as a result of military service

Returning servicemembers are entitled to jobs comparable to their peers whose careers were not interrupted by military service. Employers are required to make reasonable efforts to upgrade the skills of returning employees so they can qualify for the positions they would have earned had they not left for military service.

Learn how you can help protect their employment rights.

To sign up, go here.

Follow the effort on Twitter.