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Virginia releases legal guide for military families

It explains rights, education opportunities and legal resources

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ROANOKE, Va. – There is now a comprehensive legal guide for military families to be aware of all the tools available to them.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring made the announcement about this new resource Friday at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke.

It’s called the Virginia Military and Veteran Legal Resource Guide. It details protections families have as well as rights, education opportunities and legal resources. Herring said it’s important to get the word out.

"We’ve redirected a lot of our resources to think about how we can better serve those who have done so much for our country and what we found was there really wasn’t a single resource guide to help them navigate through a lot of different issues," Herring said.

Students said they see how valuable it is.

"A lot of people don’t know what stuff is out there. A lot of people think that you have to be military, current or a veteran, and that’s not really the case," Virginia Western Community College student Lakesha Fisher said.

The guide is available for free online.

Virginia Western has the highest number of students from military families of any Virginia community college west of Richmond.

"Very often there are unique legal needs that veterans and military service members and their families have, so our office got together and put together this resource guide to better serve them," Herring said.

In the 2016-2017 academic year, Virginia's community colleges served 36,868 veterans and military-related students. The state spent more than a year developing the guide.