Leaders Sign Monumental Agreement Ushering in New Legal Service for Veterans– Bay Pines VA Healthcare SystemWith a stroke of pen, the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) and severallocal law partners ushered in a new legal program for Veterans during anagreement signing ceremony last month at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center.During the event, dozens of leaders from the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System,Gulf Coast Legal Services gathered to recognize the start of the newMedical-Legal Partnership program an achievement many months in the making.The celebration at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System of our Medical-LegalPartnership represents an amazing start to the services Veterans and theirfamilies will receive here from our law partners and Stetson University,said Suzanne M. Klinker, Director, Bay Pines VAHCS.The program] is a terrific collaboration with our community in service to America’sheroes, and it makes a big difference for them and for us in helping them supporttheir health outcomes and reach their goals, she said.MLP is a new program available at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Centerdesigned specifically for Veterans enrolled for care in our healthcare systemwho are in need of legal representation and/or consultation for non-criminaloffenses, who may not otherwise be able to afford legal representation.Services available to Veterans through the new program range from Veteransbenefits and Social Security Disability, to family law, guardianship,landlord-tenant disputes and elder law.The service is available to Veterans every Tuesday and Wednesday from9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center,building 100, room 1E-241.For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call 727-398-9592 or visit www.baypines.va.gov/services/MLP.asp.
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