Nonprofit legal services for veterans expand to Union County
Charlotte-based nonprofit Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (LSSP) announced last week they will offer civil legal services to lower-income veterans living in Union County for the first time.
LSSP will offer assistance for veteran-related issues such as Veterans Affairs, disabilities appeals and discharge upgrades, as well as other civil legal needs, such as employment, taxes and consumer issues.
There are more than 13,000 veterans currently living in Union County, according to a news release announcing the expansion.
“We are excited about expanding our program to Union County,” Robert Davis, Veterans Legal Services attorney, said in the release. “We believe these services fill a big need for veterans.”
Davis leads the project with the understanding the stresses veterans and their families encounter often make them susceptible to adversity after they leave the military. Many of the veterans the project serves face difficulties like homelessness, health issues and financial burdens in addition to being denied or delayed from receiving vital benefits. The project’s staff is dedicated to serving those who cannot afford a lawyer and helping them secure the assistance they cannot afford to be without.
LSSP’s legal support seeks to stabilize veterans by providing them with the education, advice and representation needed to maintain health, home and income. For little, or at times, no cost to the veteran, the project advocates for veterans in partnership with existing nonprofits in Union County and the local Veterans Services Office.
“Those who serve make great sacrifices for our country,” Davis said in the release. “They are asked to leave their families and put their lives at risk. At Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, we respect the sacrifices veterans have made and the measure of restoration our services can provide.”
Since LSSP’s Veterans Legal Services Project began in 2012 in Mecklenburg County, it has served more than 700 veterans in a variety of civil legal matters. In July 2014, a United Way grant allowed LSSP to expand its legal services for veterans into two new counties, Union and Cabarrus.
Veterans or immediate family members of veterans in need of civil legal assistance can call LSSP’s Veterans Legal Services Project’s direct hotline at 704-808-4144 for more information.
Walmart plans to bring on 95 new employees, focus on veterans
WAXHAW – This week Walmart announced it will hire 95 employees at the new Walmart Neighborhood Market, slated to open this winter in Waxhaw.
Through the company’s Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, any qualified veteran who has been honorably discharged within the past 12 months will be offered a job.
A temporary hiring center has opened at 101 Waxhaw Professional Park Drive, suite F, and will accept both full-time and part-time applications Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“I can’t wait to bring this new shopping option and greater opportunities to Waxhaw,” Anna Sickle, store manager, said in a news release.
Most new associates will begin work in December, preparing the store for its upcoming grand opening.
Local student crowned Christmas parade princess
Gabriella Dionisio, a Sun Valley High School student, was crowned Union County Christmas Parade Princess on Thursday, Nov. 6, by Alliance for Children. She was selected from a group of 12 young women representing area high schools.
Dionision will also receive the 2014 Alex Kahle Memorial Scholarship, a $4,000 scholarship awarded to a Union County high school student who practices above-average leadership skills, academic excellence and commitment to community service.
The 61st annual Union County Christmas Parade will be held on Nov. 23, a Sunday, at 2 p.m.
The Alliance for Children serves as the coordinating agency for the parade, reserving float space for participating groups and businesses, as well as managing all general logistics of the parade, continuing as Union County’s most popular holiday tradition, according to a news release.