It’s unconscionable for any person to become buried in debt while pursuing justice through litigation after they have been injured. The situation is all the more devastating when it’s a service member who has endured an unexpected injury after coming home. As we often say, tragedy does not discriminate, even for those who put their lives on the line to protect our country. And when they exercise their right to pursue justice against those who wronged them, keeping a roof over their heads or food on the table should not be of concern. Nor should a staggering interest rate be the caveat to receiving financial help.

We are grateful for our veterans’ service and sacrifice. And in our little corner of the civil justice space, our nonprofit is proud to serve them in our own way when they need help making ends meet during litigation.

The Bairs Foundation has had the honor of helping several retired members of the Armed Forces. Below are two short stories about clients we’ve helped.

Bill* is an Army veteran who was paralyzed in a car crash while home on leave. After the VA cut Bill’s hours, his family needed help covering round-the-clock home care for him. The Bairs Foundation stepped in to ensure his family could give Bill the help he needs by providing monthly funding for an in-home nurse and by introducing them to a local Medicaid advocate.

Andrew* is a retired member of the U.S. Marine Corps. He and his mother were both severely injured in a crash with a tractor trailer that forced them into a guardrail. Andrew had previously been diagnosed with PTSD, which was exacerbated by the accident and required more medical treatment. He reached out to the Bairs Foundation for help. “I never thought that I would be at risk of losing everything that I’ve worked so hard for,” Andrew said. “The funds that I’ve requested will give me the ability to get my house out of foreclosure and allow me to keep my vehicle, amongst other things. The amount requested is what it will take to get me out of this hole that I’m currently in.” The Bairs Foundation supported Andrew and his mother so they could pay their bills and get through this tough time together.  

There may not be an opportunity to express it every day, but our nation’s veterans are always close to our hearts. For any family who needs a helping hand while pursuing justice, we are here for you. If you or someone you know could benefit from our help, feel free to contact us.

*Our clients’ names have been changed for their privacy.