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VETERANS GROUP

The Holland & Knight Veterans Group was founded on the fundamental premise that the men and women who have served our country and defended our freedoms deserve our talent and resources to improve their quality of life. The Veterans Group’s goal is to support veterans, active duty military members, reservists and the families of each through pro bono and community service activities in our local communities and on a national basis. In addition, the Veterans Group collaborates, where appropriate, with other organizations that support veteran and military communities.

Pro Bono Services Holland & Knight feels that it is a privilege, and a responsibility, to assist veterans in need. ABA Military Pro Bono Project – Holland & Knight is the only firm to receive the American Bar Association (ABA) Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Services Award each year since its inception in 2012. The ABA Military Pro Bono Project accepts case referrals from military attorneys on behalf of junior-enlisted, active-duty military personnel facing civil legal issues. Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. Program – Holland & Knight assits veterans participating in the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. Program (the “R.I.S.E. Program”) by providing pro bono representation. The R.I.S.E. Program provides free, specially adapted smart homes to America’s most severely wounded heroes and their families. ABA VCAN – Holland & Knight attorneys prepare and prosecute veterans’ benefit claims through the ABA Veterans Claims Assistance Network (VCAN). The firm also sponsored a free three-hour CLE program on preparation of VA benefits claims. VetLex – Holland & Knight participates in the VetLex program, which provides veterans with pro bono counsel for specific legal needs such as civil, criminal or administrative. ABA’s Section of Taxation and the Internal Revenue Service – Each year, Holland & Knight professionals partner with the ABA’s Section of Taxation and the Internal Revenue Service to coordinate a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program that assists military members and their families.

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Veterans Consortium – Holland & Knight professionals provide representation for veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in connection with the Veterans Consortium. Boston Veteran Treatment Court – Holland & Knight supports the Boston Veteran Treatment Court by assisting veterans participating in treatment with preparing VA benefit claims. VA Claims – Holland & Knight professionals assist veterans and their families nationwide with a wide range of VA claims. Such claims include: VA disability claims (ranging from Agent Orange-related claims to PTSD), disability appeals, overpayment of debt claims and VA veteran’s pension and survivor’s benefits (including housebound and aid and attendance). State Law Related Claims – Holland & Knight professionals assist veterans and their families nationwide where there are Holland & Knight offices with a variety of state-law related claims. Such claims include: eviction assistance, bankruptcy assistance, consumer protection claims and other tort-related claims.

2016

2017

ABA Military Pro Bono Project Matters

7

11

All Other Military/Veteran Pro Bono Matters (Other than Directly Above)

43

67

Timekeepers (For All Military/Veteran Pro Bono Matters)

139

175

3,317

4,720

$2.14 Million

$2.83 Million

Pro Bono Hours (For All Military/Veteran Pro Bono Matters) Value of Pro Bono Hours (For All Military/Veteran Pro Bono Matters)


Community Outreach In 2017 alone, Holland & Knight attorneys and staff contributed +174 days’ worth of community service for military, veterans and their families. Such community service included:

Participating in Wreaths Across America in Dallas and Arlington

Preparing care packages for the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund

Maintaining, painting, landscaping, and otherwise supporting the Chicago Hope Manor Apartments, which provides permanent support housing for homeless veterans

Creating lanyards for veterans and teddy bears for children of military families in connection with Operation Gratitude

Refurbishing the Walter Reed Bethesda Fisher House Complex, which provides a residence for service members and their families while receiving medical care at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Preparing and serving meals at the New England Center and Home for Veterans

Collaboration with Other Organizations Holland & Knight Veterans Group is at the forefront of military and veteran initiatives nationwide and collaborates with other organizations that share its core values. NLSVCC Holland & Knight professionals have advised and assisted the National Law School Veterans Clinic Consortium (NLSVCC), and Law Schools for Vets clinics, which recently received its official recognition as the nation's 93rd Veterans Service Organization.

ABA LEADERSHIP In 2016, Dan Sylvester was appointed by the president of the American Bar Association (ABA) to serve a three-year term on the ABA’s Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel and also serves on the ABA's Veterans Legal Service Initiative.

HONOR FLIGHT ACT FOR VETERANS Collaborating with the Honor Flight Network to pass the Honor Flight Act, which directs the Transportation Security Administration to establish an expedited and dignified passenger screening process for veterans traveling to Washington, D.C., to visit war memorials built and dedicated to honor their service.

MISSION UNITED Holland & Knight attorneys and staff actively participate in MISSION UNITED’s nationwide expansion. Stephen Moss helped found MISSION UNITED nearly five years ago with the United Way of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale. The organization supports military service members, veterans and their families by helping them re-acclimate to civilian life.

WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT Supporting the Wounded Warrior Project, which is a charitable organization that helps veterans and active duty service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness or wound, co-incident to military service on or after September 11, 2001.

Learn More By Connecting With Us Daniel T. Sylvester Veterans Group National Chair Chicago 312.715.5880 daniel.sylvester@hklaw.com

Gordon Griffin Veterans Group Co-Chair Washington, D.C. 202.469.5122 gordon.griffin@hklaw.com

Nicholas M. Hasenfus Veterans Group Co-Chair Boston 617.305.2099 nicholas.hasenfus@hklaw.com

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