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Hunton recognized for pro bono work for vets

Hunton & Williams LLP was recognized last week for its lawyers’ pro bono work on behalf of veterans.

Since 2008, Hunton lawyers have provided legal help to recent veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan seeking disability benefits; they have worked in partnership with the Lawyers Serving Warriors project of the National Veterans Legal Services Program.

The NVLSP on Nov. 9 named Hunton & Williams as its “Pro Bono Partner of the Year” at the group’s annual benefit.

Hunton maintains a firm Veterans Pro Bono Program, headed by Erin Barrett, an associate in the Richmond office.

Barrett’s husband, Bob Barrett, is an Iraq war veteran and the chair of the Virginia Bar Association’s Veterans Issues Task Force.

Erin Barrett said in a release that in many cases the lawyers help vets who were medically discharged and now suffer post-traumatic stress disorder or other significant physical ailments. Many can’t work. Benefits are available, but the system is complex, which is where the lawyers can help.

To date, the Hunton lawyers have helped about 70 veterans through Lawyers Serving Warriors.

- Paul Fletcher

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