A new program is aimed at addressing the legal concerns of Oregon soldiers stationed overseas and their families, announced state leaders Nov. 10.

Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers, Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace P. Carson, Department of Veterans' Affairs Director Jim Willis and Charles Williamson, President of the Oregon State Bar, announced that the program, which will be administered by the OSB, provides opportunities for Oregon attorneys to receive specialized training and offer pro bono services to active-duty service members and their families.

As of Nov. 1, the Oregon National Guard has nearly 2,500 men and women deployed in locations inside and outside the state.

"The bravery of our servicemen and servicewomen and their families is tested every day in many ways," Myers said. "Finding and paying for legal services should not be one of them."

Members of the National Guard and their families can get more information by contacting the Office of the Judge Advocate General or the Family Program at the Oregon Military Department or by contacting the Oregon State Bar Lawyer Referral Service at (503) 684-3763. Consumer protection issues should be directed to the Oregon Department of Justice, Attorney General's toll-free consumer hot line at (877) 877-9392. Justice is online at www.doj.state.or.us.

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