Rep. Poliquin Announces Steps to Improve Free Legal Services for Maine Veterans Through the VA

Congressman Bruce Poliquin announced efforts by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to improve Veterans’ access to free legal services, including those provided by Pine Tree Legal Assistance from their clinic at Togus.

Congressman Poliquin released the following statement:

“So many of our Veterans in Maine and across the Nation are confronted with challenges that require legal assistance, and in many cases they must rely on important services offered through the VA’s network of legal assistance clinics,” said Congressman Poliquin. “I applaud VA Secretary Shulkin’s commitment to supporting these important services for our Veterans and stand ready to assist him and the VA where I can to make sure our Veterans can continue to benefit from them.”

The VA signed a Memorandum of Agreement—together with the American Bar Association, The Veterans Consortium and National Law School Veterans Clinic Consortium—aimed at improving Veterans’ access to free legal services.

Congressman Poliquin opposed portions of President Trump’s 2018 Budget Proposal that would have cut funding for Legal Services Corporation, the entity which funds Pine Tree Legal Assistance at Togus. In addition, the Congressman has opposed multiple amendments in funding bills in years past that would have also stripped this funding.

Pine Tree Legal Assistance at Togus is one of the more than 150 different free legal clinics hosted by the VA at different locations across the country.