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May 9, 2014

Giving help, getting help, May 9

LAWYERS 4 VETS, a pro bono legal clinic for lower-income veterans in South Carolina will be up and running 9 a.m.-noon Thursday (and the third Thursday monthly) at the Dorn VA Medical Center, 6439 Garners Ferry Road. Of the more than 420,000 veterans living in South Carolina, nearly 30,000 veterans live below the poverty line, struggling to find jobs and grappling with the effects of poverty, hunger and homelessness. Lawyers 4 Vets will connect lower-income veterans living at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines with local attorneys who can provide one-on-one pro bono legal advice or representation in matters such as obtaining identification (Social Security, S.C. ID, birth certificates); child support and visitation issues in South Carolina; expungements and pardons in South Carolina; consumer protection; simple wills and healthcare power of attorney. (877) 289-6000; http://columbiasc.va.gov/lawyers4vets.asp

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