The South Texas Civil Rights Project has introduced a new program that will provide legal assistance to veterans.
Veterans’ rights attorney Emma Hilbert says, “A lot of veterans face discrimination because of a disability or because of their status as a veteran. So what the program is designed to do is to help veterans and their families who are facing civil rights violations. For example, [if] they’re trying to seek public resources or accommodations which veterans are protected by under the Americans with Disabilities Act.”
The Veterans’ Rights program will also aid in criminal and immigration cases that may arise.
“People felt I may have been unstable and not trustworthy to hold a job. And i can’t think of anybody who can be more trustworthy than a veteran especially because we handled many difficult situations in Vietnam” said Veterans’ Services Officer Felix Rodriguez. As a veteran himself, Rodriguez says veterans need as much help as they can get.
“Veterans and their families have already given so much of themselves in service to their country,” Hilbert says. “The least we can do is to help assure that we protect the very civil rights that veterans have sought to secure for us. STCRP looks forward to serving those who have served.”
The state of Texas has the second highest number of veterans in the nation and more than 40,000 call the Rio Grande Valley home.