FARMINGTON — The Veterans Legal Clinic will provide legal assistance from noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesday at San Juan College’s Henderson Fine Arts Center.

The event will offer free legal counsel on issues ranging from child custody to consumer rights, said Cathryn Abeyta, a program coordinator with DNA People’s Legal Services’ Volunteer Lawyer Program. Also, more than a dozen organizations have offered to provide services and information at the clinic, including support from the Navajo Nation.

Abeyta said the objective of the clinic is to serve the veterans of San Juan County and the Navajo Nation.

“I firmly believe to help them as a whole and help them as best we can, we can’t be just giving them quick services,” she said. “We have to make sure that they are connected to the agencies that can serve them that are not solely in the legal field.”

The Navajo Nation will have staff members from the Department of Social Services, the Division of Health and the Navajo Nation’s Veterans Affairs office to help provide aid to enrolled members. A Native American coordinator for the state’s health care exchange will also be in attendance to help members obtain health insurance.

Abeyta said veterans interested in enrolling in the health care exchange will need to bring proof of income or a tax return. 

“The Navajo Nation speaker’s office has been going above and beyond to connect different people and the agencies that need to be there,” she said.

There will be a free shuttle to the college, which will depart starting at 11:30 a.m. from the office of San Juan Catholic Charities, 119 W. Broadway Ave., to the college. Abeyta also has 30 passes to transport veterans departing from the college after the event.

A representative from the office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján will also be at the clinic to listen to veteran’s concerns. For more information, call the Volunteer Lawyer Program at 505-258-4551.


Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and Follow him on Twitter @SteveGarrisonDT on Twitter.