HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Arkansas' attorney general said Saturday that her office will launch a new program to provide services for members of the military and also set up a "mobile offices" program that will make her employees available in county seats statewide.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge told members of the Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors Association that active-duty military members and veterans are targeted at times by scam artists and could be in need of specific services.
"Over the last couple years I've heard from frustrated military members and their families," Rutledge said. She said that targeting a special unit for them recognizes "all the sacrifices they have made for us."
She introduced National Guard Col. Marcus Hatley as the leader of the unit.
Rutledge also said she would send members of her staff to county seats to provide services that might otherwise require a trip to Little Rock, citing as an example a hypothetical elderly couple from Jasper who might be uncomfortable using the Internet to communicate their needs.
"As the people's lawyer, I want the office to be accessible to everyone," she said. "There is no issue too small to have a face-to-face communication about."
She said employees would rotate among the 74 counties outside Pulaski County, where state government is based.