PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A group of volunteer lawyers are helping veterans through the sometimes complicated process of applying for benefits.

It's called "Project Salute" and it's the first time it hascome to Maine. Six lawyers spent their Saturday sitting down with veterans and helping them fill out the paperwork to apply for benefits. According to the National Organization of Veteran Advocates, veterans are 70% more likely to have a positive outcome if they work with an attorney to file their claims. They also get an average of six thousand dollars more a year in benefits.

"We're here to kind of assist them, go through their records and help determine what they're eligible for," volunteer Neil Riley said."If they need a copy of their records, we'll help them get it."

The organizers of the event say they are hoping to plan more sessions in the future.

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