News Release

Texas Access to Justice Foundation
May 25, 2012

Statement from Richard L. Tate, Texas Access to Justice Foundation, on Remembering Those Who Have Served, Memorial Day 2012

(Austin, TX) The following statement was issued today by Richard L. Tate, chair of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation board of directors:

As we pause on Memorial Day to remember those service men and women who died serving our country, I take this opportunity to share information about the legal aid programs in Texas that serve our military veterans and their families.  At a time when many veterans are returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, several programs funded by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation offer free legal services that help Texas veterans with many critical civil legal services.  These services assist in addressing legal issues related to marital problems, difficulties in getting medical or disability benefits, wrongful foreclosures, and other situations that may arise due to a veteran’s absence during military service.

The brave men and women who have served our country deserve our help in protecting their rights, while they have sacrificed so very much to protect our freedoms.  All too often, veterans also face financial hardships when returning home that make access to our justice system even more difficult for their families.  

Through the tremendous fundraising efforts of the Texas Access to Justice Commission, more than $1 million has been raised in the past three years for veterans’ legal services.  Listed below are several local programs funded by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation designed to help veterans with their legal needs. 

We are so very grateful to those who have served our country and thank those lawyers throughout the state that are helping serve those who have served.”

Local Legal Aid Programs for Veterans

Community Justice Program of the San Antonio Bar Association
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Community Justice Program

Fort Bend Lawyers Care

Houston Bar Foundation, Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program
713-333-VETS (8387)

Jefferson County Bar Foundation Pro Bono Program

Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas

Lone Star Legal Aid
713-652-0077 or 800-733-8394

Tarrant County Bar Foundation

Texas Legal Services Center
Veterans Legal Assistance Project, 800-622-2520

Programs serving special populations:

Cathedral Health & Outreach Ministries - Cathedral Justice Project at the Beacon (serving homeless veterans)

Texas Civil Rights Project (serving incarcerated veterans)

For more information about the legal aid program serving your area, please visit:

For more resources for Texas veterans, see: Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans.

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The Texas Access to Justice Foundation (, created by the Supreme Court of Texas in 1984, is the leading state-based funding source for the provision of civil legal aid in Texas. The organization is committed to the vision that all Texans will have equal access to justice, regardless of their income. The Foundation administers a variety of funding sources, which are earmarked to assist nonprofit organizations in providing legal aid to approximately 100,000 Texans each year.


Kimberly Schmitt





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