On March 10, American Legion Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Division Director Barry A. Searle attended the monthly meeting of the Veterans' Consortium Executive Board in Washington.
The consortium is an organization made up of members from The American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans of America and National Veterans Legal Services Program, as well as private-practice attorneys. The purpose of the consortium is to recruit, train and assign pro bono attorney representation to veterans who wish to be represented in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
Veterans do not need to be members of any service organization to be represented. Appealed cases are reviewed and, if proven to have a valid claim, are represented at no charge by assigned volunteer attorneys.