Military retirees can and should obtain legal assistance on most personal legal matters such as wills, powers-of-attorney, filing federal and state income taxes, and reviewing contracts.
Generally, legal assistance is provided to the following groups:
- All members of the Armed Forces on active duty (including members of a reserve component)
- Reservists released from active duty, having served 30 days or more
- Retirees from all branches of the service, and
- Lawful dependents. Federal civilian employees and their dependents are also entitled to legal assistance in certain circumstances.
However, legal assistance is provided based upon available resources and personnel.
Military legal office priority is given to active duty personnel. Retirees residing overseas may have restrictions' on privileges based upon Status of Forces agreements.