Maryland Legal Aid Provides Outreach at Veterans Stand Down


Seri Wilpone, chief attorney from the Southern Maryland office, and Swapna Yeluri, staff attorney for Maryland Legal Aid's Joining Forces Project (veterans' hotline), talked to veterans and distributed information at the Veterans Stand Down.

Seri Wilpone, chief attorney from the Southern Maryland office, and Swapna Yeluri, staff attorney for Maryland Legal Aid’s Joining Forces Project (veterans’ hotline), talked to veterans and distributed information at the Veterans Stand Down.

The La Plata American Legion Post sponsored a Veterans Stand Down on February 21. Maryland Legal Aid and more than 25 other organizations provided information to veterans, active military, and their families about services available to them in Maryland. Despite the heavy afternoon snow storm, close to 100 people attended the event.

Staff from Maryland Legal Aid shared information about the upcoming veterans’ hotline (Joining Forces Project), housing and consumer matters, family law, government benefits, elder law, and employment matters. “People were lined up at the door before the event even began,” says Seri Wilpone, chief attorney in the Southern Maryland office. “Everyone who stopped at our table was very interested in the services Maryland Legal Aid can provide to veterans and their families.”

Swapna Yeluri, the staff attorney with the Joining Forces Project added, “This event was a great opportunity to raise awareness about the veterans’ hotline and make connections with several organizations that provide supportive services for vets throughout the state. The organizations are constantly asked by veterans for assistance with legal services, and they are excited that we will be available for them to make referrals.”

As a preface to the launch of the veterans’ hotline this summer, Swapna will continue to provide outreach to veterans about the legal services available at Maryland Legal Aid and meet with individual attorneys and law firms that are interested in providing pro bono support for the hotline.

You can read more about the La Plata Veterans Stand Down on SoMdNews.com