by Jim Fausone
Veterans Disability Lawyer
Last week, Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC hosted the 2nd Annual Veterans’ Summit with the Canton Community Foundation. It takes months of preparation to pull off this Southeast Michigan event that had over 250 participants; 17 speakers; 15 participating organizations; 20 sponsors and served 3 meals. It was a team effort by Chandra, Attorney Kristina Derro, the General, Joann and everyone else that helped out. The speakers included representatives of VA, VFW, DAV, Marine League, Detroit VARO, County Counselors and others.
People came from hundreds of miles away and two states to attend this conference. We were able to help specific individuals throughout the day. For example, DAV assisted someone break a log jam on a claim. The Marine Corps League printed DD 214s for those that needed them. Questions were answered about burial entitlements for widows. For someone who needed emergency financial aid to save their house, the process got started that afternoon.
The success of the program suggests that holding it again in September 2012 would be worthwhile. We will begin gathering ideas for speakers and topics soon. If you want to see some pictures of the event, visit our Facebook page. If you want to read more and get a sense of the attendees views, click on: