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Volunteer attorney helps Airman obtain guardianship over little brother

August 4, 2014

After an Air Force servicemember’s mother passed away, he needed pro bono help to be appointed as his little brother’s guardian. Despite the tragic situation, the servicemember was confident that he could provide his little brother with stable housing, physical and emotional well-being, and needed medical care. The child’s biological father is still alive, but he abandoned the child years ago. After discussing the situation with a military legal assistance attorney, the servicemember was referred to the ABA Military Pro Bon Project, which located a volunteer attorney to help. The civilian attorney promptly helped the servicemember successfully receive guardianship over his little brother.

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  1. ELSA GARCIA permalink
    February 3, 2016 9:24 pm

    My name is Elsa Garcia I join the Army during Vietnam Era I i got injured, have proves,I was also molested by the doctor and broke my virginity, i have PTSD and other problem i am permanently desable, I need a probono attorney as soon as possible please call me at 805 332 7484. it will be gladly appreciated.

    Thank You so much,

    Elsa Garcia

    • February 4, 2016 9:29 pm

      Ms. Garcia,

      Thank you for your reply. The ABA Military Pro Bono Project connects junior-enlisted, active-duty military personnel and their families to civilian attorneys who will provide free representation for civil legal issues beyond the scope of services provided by military legal assistance offices. The Project accepts case referrals only from military legal assistance attorneys (JAGs).

      We encourage active-duty servicemembers to contact their legal assistance attorney and he or she will determine whether they are eligible to be referred to the Project. If so, he or she can make a referral on your behalf on the Project website,

      We also encourage you to visit There you can use (1) the Directory of Programs to find a state-by-state guide of legal resources available to military families and veterans, and (2) the Information Center for information about legal rights and responsibilities.

      I hope this helps.

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