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Free Consultations for Veterans as Part of Tigers for Troops
Missouri Ag Connection - 06/19/2019

The University of Missouri School of Law Veterans Clinic in Columbia will be connecting to the University of Missouri Extension office in Jasper County via teleconference on July 10 to offer free individual legal consultations for area veterans.

The three legal areas covered include VA Disability Benefits; Discharge Upgrades and VA Healthcare.

Veterans need to physically be in the Carthage office on July 10 at the time of their appointment.

All consultations are individual and confidential. Appointments can be scheduled ahead of time online at (must have an email to register online) or by calling the MU Extension Jasper County office at (417) 358-2158.

Each participant will be scheduled every 45 minutes beginning at 8:15 am and the last one will be scheduled at 4:15 pm. There will be a 30 minute lunch break.

Founded in 2014, the Veterans Clinic in the MU School of Law ( has given students the opportunities to help veterans and their families secure disability benefits. Supervised by attorneys Angela K. Drake and Brent Filbert, students actually interview clients, witnesses, and medical personnel as well as research and develop the law and facts of the case.

The students draft documents and prepare briefs relating to VA benefits and discharge upgrades. The Clinic is designed to teach students practical legal skills while helping veterans on behalf of a grateful nation. Tigers for Troops is an extension of the legal clinic. The program is intended to extend the services to other counties around the state of Missouri.

"On July 10 we are piloting a new format to try to increase veterans' access to this service in counties that are farther from Columbia," said Maria E. Rodriguez-Alcala, County Engagement Specialist in Community Economic Development with MU Extension in Jasper County.

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