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. In 2020, the Veterans Group was named “Veterans Program of the Year” by the Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: North America.
PRO BONO SERVICES Holland & Knight feels that it is a privilege, and a responsibility, to assist veterans in need. Boston Veteran Treatment Court – Holland & Knight supports the Boston Veteran Treatment Court by assisting veterans participating in treatment with preparing VA benefit claims.
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.
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).
Governor’s Initiative on Lawyers Assisting Warriors (GI LAW) – Holland & Knight serves on the Steering Committee of the GI LAW program announced by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in April 2019. Through GI LAW, Holland & Knight provides pro bono legal counsel to Florida’s active-duty service members in a variety of civil matters, including actions in local courts.
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.
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.
Veterans Legal Services – Holland & Knight professionals provide free and comprehensive civil legal aid services to economically disadvantaged military veterans in Massachusetts. Pro bono legal services include housing eviction, discharge upgrades, wills/healthcare proxies and state/federal veterans benefits.
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.
Swords to Plowshares – Holland & Knight professionals help support the mission of healing the wounds of war, restoring dignity, hope and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and preventing and ending homelessness and poverty among veterans.
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.
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COMMUNITY OUTREACH Since 2018, Holland & Knight attorneys and staff prepared and sent more than 1,145 care packages to deployed service members. In addition, since 2017, Holland & Knight has contributed more than 425 days’ worth of community service. 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.
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Nicholas Hasenfus was appointed in 2019 to serve a three-year term on the American Bar Association's (ABA) Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP Committee). Dan Sylvester previously served on the ABA's LAMP Committee from 2016 to 2019.
Holland & Knight is the only law firm member of the Veterans Jobs Mission, a private sector-led coalition committed to hiring transitioning U.S. military veterans. The coalition now comprises almost 250 companies that represent almost every industry in the American economy.
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.
LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION (LSC) VETERANS TASK FORCE The Veterans Task Force is a new initiative to assist former military service members in overcoming legal problems that create barriers as they transition from active duty to civilian life. Partner Stephen Moss and Associate Nicholas Hasenfus serve on the Veterans Task Force.
LEARN MORE BY CONNECTING WITH US Daniel T. Sylvester Veterans Group Co-Chair Business Partnership Chair Chicago | 312.715.5880 firstname.lastname@example.org
Gordon Griffin Veterans Group Co-Chair Executive Chair Washington, D.C. | 202.469.5122 email@example.com
Nicholas M. Hasenfus Veterans Group Co-Chair Pro Bono Chair Boston | 617.305.2099 firstname.lastname@example.org
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