TOWNSEND/PEPPERELL -- Veterans Agent for Townsend and Pepperell, Joseph Mazzola, is notifying all area veterans who qualify for Veterans Administration services of an little-known offering from the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA).

Mazzola said Tuesday that the MBA operates a legal aid hotline between 3 and 5 p.m. every Monday which is answered by law students from the Boston area who put veterans in touch with attorneys -- some of whom may even work pro bono -- to act as representatives before the VA.

Mazzola said the hotline is set up for those who may experience difficulty with disabilities or claims they have filed with the administration.

The phone number is 617-238-0572.

"It does work," Mazzola said. -- Don Eriksson