WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Lawyers and executives from the nation's largest corporations will gather tomorrow, Veterans Day, in the 18 U.S. offices of the global law firm Jones Day to learn how they can participate in VetLex, a network to link U.S. veterans, veteran-serving organizations, and qualified pro bono or "low bono" (low cost) lawyers -- across town or across the country -- who will stand ready, willing and able to provide the specific legal services veterans need. VetLex will be the first national and central resource allocated to legal service referrals for veterans. Developed by Jones Day, VetLex will serve as a convenient and effective way for volunteer lawyers to donate their time to serve veterans. Organizers expect to recruit hundreds of pro bono lawyers over the coming months as a full program -- that will include training and certification -- rolls out to legal service organizations, corporate legal departments, law firms, bar associations, and law schools. Once recruitment and training are complete, VetLex is expected to begin serving veterans in spring of 2017 in pilot sites. The ABA brings deep expertise in the areas of pro bono and legal referral in the veterans space as well as a national membership that is excited to provide services to veterans. The ABA and Jones Day are developing the specifics of their respective roles in bringing VetLex into reality and anticipate that the ABA will steer the long-term future of the initiative. "Our nation owes a huge debt of gratitude to our veterans, yet the brave men and women who fought to protect freedom and the rule of law around the world often lack access to their own legal system here at home," said Laura Ellsworth, Partner-in-Charge of Global Community Service Initiatives at Jones Day. "That needs to change and we are proud to be taking a leading role in the development and launch of VetLex. We are consulting with the ABA, which has developed expertise using pro bono lawyers to serve active duty military personnel and veterans through its Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP). This year, the ABA President, Linda Klein, has prioritized expanding legal services to veterans, making the timing of VetLex even more important." Services to veterans will be provided over the full spectrum of legal issues. These extend far beyond benefits disputes to include issues like landlord-tenant relations, family law, employment matters, business start-up needs, and more. VetLex will help match veterans to appropriate pro bono attorneys, selected by their experience areas, location, and other criteria. VetLex will also provide a listing of social service providers to whom the veteran can be referred by the lawyers in the event these "wrap around" services would be of benefit. For veteran-serving organizations, VetLex will provide shared legal resources (a brief bank and chat rooms) that allow for shared resources, as well as administrative features that significantly decrease the cost and administrative burdens for service providers.