UPDATE | By Richard Mithoff
Photo by Kirk Tuck
Joe Jamail is remembered for many reasons: he was a passionate and committed trial lawyer, a philanthropist, and a friend. But before he was a lawyer, he was a Marine. Joe joined the United States Marine Corps in 1943 and served in the Pacific during World War II. When his uniformed service to his country was complete, he returned to the University of Texas where he began the study of law. But his desire for serving others, specifically veterans, never ceased.
To honor Joe Jamail’s legacy, his commitment to justice and his commitment to veterans, I have worked with the Texas Access to Justice Foundation (TAJF) to launch the Joe Jamail Endowment for Veteran Legal Services. The Endowment will ensure that Texas veterans have access to the free legal help they need to successfully integrate back into civilian life and secure the rights and benefits for which they risked their lives.
Veterans face numerous challenges when transitioning back to civilian life that require civil legal attention, such as establishing health care, finding housing and filing for disability benefits. Obtaining access to free legal services can be critical for veterans to get the benefits and support they need for themselves and their families. With 1.67 million veterans residing in Texas, it is the Foundation’s hope the endowment’s proceeds will be able to help Texas veterans in need of civil legal assistance.
TAJF currently funds 15 nonprofit organizations throughout the state that provide free legal services to more than 8,000 Texas veterans. The Joe Jamail Endowment for Veteran Legal Services will allow these organizations to expand their work.
Your contribution can make a significant difference in the lives of Texas veterans and will ensure ongoing support and a lasting commitment to serve the civil legal needs of our veterans into the future. To make a donation to the Joe Jamail Endowment for Veteran Legal Services, please visit the Endowment’s webpage, make a check payable to the Texas Access to Justice Foundation.