This piece is from Jurbid, a legal start up.
They serve and protect – the legal profession fails them. Veterans in need.
While today should not be the only day we honor the fearless and brave men and women who protect our great country and ensure that we can go about our lives safely, it is an important day to take note how we fail them at home.
Currently, there are nearly 40,000 homeless veterans. In fact, veterans make up nearly 20% of the male homelessness population.
Sadly, women veterans are the fastest growing homeless population in the US.
Women veterans are four times as likely to become homeless as male counterparts!
Per several sources, New York and Florida have among the highest veteran homelessness population in the country.
It is estimated that there are 3,500 homeless veterans in New York City alone! In Central Florida, there are about 4,500 homeless veterans.
Why are so many veterans homeless you may wonder?
They are often unemployed and disconnected from their families upon their return home because of mental illness and substance abuse.
They are simply not given the proper support to be re-integrated in civilian life.
They don’t know how to apply for social benefit programs that are designed to help them.
Lawyers are trained to provide such services and can ensure that veterans receive the benefits they deserve.
Currently, there is very little legal support for them.
How can we as proud Americans live with ourselves knowing that these veterans are in dire need of support and help and they receive none?
Jurbid will make a stand.
Starting today, Jurbid will provide the lawyers in its network incentives to provide pro bono services to veterans including free or discounted services.
Additionally, all veterans will receive a 5% discount off their paid legal service.
We are here for you because you have been there for us.
With much respect and love.
Your Jurbid Team.
Jurbid is your legal connection. Our innovative platform connects you with top quality legal counsel. From employment disputes to immigration. You can learn more at www.jurbid.com
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