NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- A new tool is out to help Virginia service members, military families and veterans with legal needs.

Volunteer attorneys from the Office of Attorney General spent more than a year developing the Virginia Military and Veteran Legal Resource Guide.

"As attorney general, I've looked for ways to help support our veterans and military families using the resources and skills we have in our office. These men and women have done so much for us and for our country, that we owe it to them to support them, ease their transition back to civilian life, and meet their needs," said Attorney General Herring.

The free 33-page guide covers areas of unique concern to active duty military, military families, and veterans, including:

  • Employment

Including the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), pension and deferred compensation payments during military leave, continuing healthcare, and leave for military spouses and other family members

  • Consumer Protections

Including the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) which limits interest rates on loans, limits sale, foreclosure and seizure of homes, restricts repossession and eviction, and allows for the termination of certain leases

  • Education

Including the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, re-enrollment rights at colleges and universities, and certain tuition discounts for servicemembers, their families, and veterans.

  • Taxes

Including deductions and exemptions for certain military pay, extensions on filing, and tax relief for disabled veterans and surviving spouses.

  • Family Law

Including legal protections to ensure proceedings are fair to a servicemember who may be called away for service and issues surrounding child custody and visitation

  • Voting and Line of Duty Act

Including programs to ensure easy access to the ballot for deployed service members and state benefits available to certain servicemembers killed or disabled in the line of duty.

  • Access to Legal Services

Including contact information for attorneys and other professionals to assist with benefits issues, criminal matters, family law, and estate planning, including Attorney General Herring's quarterly Veterans Legal Clinics.

"Military spouses are going to be excited about this new military and veteran legal resource guide because one of the biggest challenges they face as they move from state to state is figuring out the benefits and information available to them," said Sue Hoppin, founder and president of the National Military Spouse Network.

Click here to view the guide.