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BUSINESS BEAT: Schuette introduces two new legal guides for Michigan military families and veterans

DETROIT, MI (WTVB) - Attorney General Bill Schuette today introduced two new resources for Michigan Military families and Michigan Veterans, in honor of Military Consumer Protection Day.  The Military and Veterans Legal Services Guide is a combined effort between the Michigan Department of Attorney General and the Veterans Law Clinic of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and the Michigan Guide to Military Family Law is a collaboration between the Attorney General and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. 

“I am proud to provide two new legal resources for our Michigan military community,” said Schuette.  “The incredible sacrifices by the men and women of the Armed Forces cannot be overstated.   Service members, past and present, have dedicated their lives and careers to the good of the nation and we are grateful.”

The two resources were developed for military families who experience frequent relocation, separation from family and friends, and stresses of deployment.  Many veterans and service members are faced with a myriad of legal issues and need practical and useful advice.  Often times a steady government paycheck can also make military households an attractive target for scam artists. 

“The frequent moves and overseas deployments that come with military service can sometimes create legal headaches for veterans when they return to civilian life,” said Jeff Barnes, Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency Director.  “Ensuring that veterans understand their rights and the legal community understands the nuances of the law as it relates to veterans will help make that transition home as smooth as possible.”

“These legal resources are a huge help for our Michigan Guard members and their families.  I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the men and women on the legal teams who put them together,” said Major General Gregory J. Vadnais, Director of the Department of Military and Veteran’s Affairs.