Organizations

American Bar Association
www.americanbar.org
The mission of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel is to:

1. Foster the continued growth of the military legal assistance programs;
2. Promote the delivery of legal services to military personnel and their family members and to persons accompanying the armed forces outside the United States, on their personal legal affairs; and
3. Maintain close liaison with the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland 

Security (with respect to the U.S. Coast Guard), the military services, bar associations and appropriate committees of the Association to enhance the scope, quality and delivery of free or affordable legal services to eligible legal assistance clients.


GI Rights Hotline
http://girightshotline.org/
1-877-447-4487
Network of over 20 organizations providing service members and veterans non-directive counseling on discharges, military regulations, discrimination, sexual assault and harassment complaint procedures, filing grievances, political activity and similar issues.


Iowa Legal Aid
http://www.iowalegalaid.org/issues/veterans-issues
Free legal help with civil law problems for eligible low-income Iowans. Call 1-800-532-12751-800-532-1275.


Justice for Vets
www.justiceforvets.org
The national clearinghouse for veterans treatment courts.

Justice For Vets is the nation’s only Veterans Organization exclusively committed to ensuring that veterans involved in the criminal justice system have access to Veterans Treatment Courts and the benefits, services and treatment they have earned.


Lawyers Serving Warriors, National Veterans Legal Services Program 
www.nvlsp.org
Lawyers Serving Warriors’ current pro bono initiatives are to assist veterans with applications to the Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) and for Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC).

NVLSP strives to ensure that our nation honors its commitment to our 25 million veterans and active duty personnel by providing them the federal benefits they have earned through their service to our country.

As the voice of veterans' rights for the last 32 years, the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) works to ensure that the U.S. government keeps its pact with our nation's 25 million veterans. NVLSP is an independent nonprofit veterans service organization that has assisted veterans and their advocates since 1980.

As a conduit for change against unfair government practices, NVLSP has been instrumental in the passage of landmark veterans' rights legislation. Lawsuits brought by NVLSP attorneys have forced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits to veterans and their families and have forced the military departments to pay millions of dollars in back pay to veterans.

NVLSP recruits, trains, and assists thousands of volunteer lawyers and veterans' advocates. Our publications empower veterans, their families, and their advocates to obtain the benefits they're entitled to by clearly outlining their rights under the law.


Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
www.lafchicago.org
The Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago provides free legal assistance to veterans, service members, and their families in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. 

LAF's new Veteran’s Project represents veterans and their dependents in pursuing disability and pension claims, dealing with consumer issues, upgrading discharges, and obtaining or keeping employment or housing.

Because the Project is new, people with questions about the scope of its services are urged to call LAF’s main downtown number for further information.


National Organization of Veterans Advocates
https://vetadvocates.org/
Provides legal assistance for veterans regarding their VA claims.


National Veterans Legal Services Program
www.nvlsp.org
Provides legal assistance to all branches of the Armed Forces.


Operation Military Embrace
www.operationmilitaryembrace.com
Operation Military Embrace coordinates legal assistance for those in the military who are accused of battlefield crimes


Protect Our Defenders
www.protectourdefenders.com
We honor, support and give voice to the brave women and men in uniform who have been raped or sexually assaulted by fellow service members. We seek to fix the military training, investigation and adjudication systems related to sexual violence and harassment — systems that often re-victimize assault survivors by blaming them while failing to prosecute perpetrators.


Public Counsel -Center for Veterans' Advancement
http://www.publiccounsel.org/practice_areas/center_for_veterans_advancement
213-385-2977 ex. 301
Public Counsel's Center for Veterans' Advancement (CVA), a national leader in veterans' advocacy, is driven by its core mission to uphold our nation's promise to veterans and their families. CVA provides legal representation to veterans and their families at both the local and national levels.


Service Women's Action Network
http://servicewomen.org/
Veterans Legal Services and Peer Support Helpline1-888-729-20891-888-729-2089
Hours: 10am-6pm EST

What to expect:
  • Please leave a message with your name and phone number; a caseworker will respond between 10am and 6pm EST Monday through Friday. Messages left on weekends or federal bank holidays will be addressed the following business day. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911.
  • This call will include a brief set of questions about your background, current situation and needs. Your information will be kept confidential.
  • Work with the caseworker to identify your concerns and priorities, while deciding on healthy next steps.
  • Most importantly, the call is at your own pace, within your comfort level. Your safety and well-being are our primary concerns.

Who will I be speaking with? Caseworkers are your peers who have experienced military cultural firsthand – from a woman’s perspective. Knowledgeable in connecting you to a variety of helpful resources and supportive services, they are trained to work with you to identify your needs and healthy next steps.

Benefits of the helpline:
  • No one should have to struggle alone – use the helpline as a source of support.
  • Get connected to free legal, mental health, or other supportive services.
  • Join a growing community of servicewomen and women veterans who share your experience.
  • Get more information about how SWAN is addressing the challenges facing servicewomen and women veterans – and how you can be an active part of these initiatives.


Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act
http://www.defense.gov/specials/relief_act_revision/
If you're a reserve component service member called to active duty, you're protected by a law that can save you some legal problems and possibly some money as well. Under the provisions of the SSCRA of 1940, you may qualify for any or all of the following: 
  • reduced interest rate on mortgage payments
  • reduced interest rate on credit card debt
  • protection from eviction if your rent is $1200 or less
  • delay of all civil court actions such as bankruptcy, foreclosure, or divorce proceedings


Stateside Legal
http://statesidelegal.org/
We have created this website to give legal help and/or advice for military members, veterans and their families. Our goal is to help you: 
  • find your own solutions to common legal problems, and 
  • find someone to help you, if you need legal advice

Having trouble finding what you're looking for? Check our User Guide for tips.


Swords to Plowshares
http://swords-to-plowshares.org/
War causes wounds and suffering that last beyond the battlefield. Swords to Plowshares’ mission is to heal the wounds, to restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and to significantly reduce homelessness and poverty among veterans.

Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, employment and training, housing, and legal assistance to more than 1500 homeless and low-income veterans annually in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. We promote and protect the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with local, state, and national entities.
  • Swords to Plowshares is the only veterans service agency in the United States that provides a full continuum of care. We help vets, as well as families of vets, in the following areas:
  • Health & Social Services - Swords to Plowshares’ drop-in center provides emergency shelter, mental health services and referrals to homeless veterans.
  • Housing - Swords to Plowshares’ residential programs provide housing, rehabilitation and counseling to veterans in need.
  • Employment & Training - Through direct training and job referrals, Swords to Plowshares helps veterans re-enter the workforce.
  • Veterans Academy - At Swords to Plowshares’ Veterans Academy, formerly homeless veterans can live in a supportive community.
  • Legal - Swords to Plowshares’ legal department provides free attorney representation and advocacy to veterans seeking benefits.


The Innocent Warrior Project
http://www.innocentwarrior.org/
The Innocent Warrior Project is focused on helping our service members--past and present. From advocating for homeless veterans to ensuring that no Innocent Warrior is sent to Leavenworth for crimes they did not commit. Our warriors have put everything on the line for us. Let's keep faith with them.


The John Marshall Law School Veterans Legal Support
http://www.jmls.edu/veterans/clients/index.php
The Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic (VLSC) specializes in appealing denied veteran’s benefits claims, including service-connected benefits, pension benefits, survivor benefits, and education benefits. The VLSC will not begin work on an initial claim that has not been filed or is currently pending before the Department of Veterans Affairs. To receive assistance in filing an initial claim for benefits please contact a Veterans’ Service Organization.

In order to maintain its neutral role with such programs, the VLSC does not represent veterans in criminal matters before the court.

The VLSC will begin a case file when a veteran calls with a denied benefit's claim. During the initial contact, a trained clerical intern will conduct an in-depth intake to obtain all pertinent informaton on the denied claim. Before the VLSC can proceed, it must receive and review all correspondence with the VA regarding the benefits claim, most importantly the Rating Decision issued by the VA. Once the VLSC receives the pertinent documents, your case will be put in a queued waiting list. (The VLSC operates on a first-come, first-served basis.) When your name reaches the top of the waiting list, your case will be assigned to a clinical student. Under the supervision of a staff attorney, the clinical student will work on developing your case. The goal of the VLSC case-management process is to locate a pro bono attorney to take representation of your case.


University of Missouri School of Law Veterans Clinic
https://law.missouri.edu/skills/veterans/
Students at the University of Missouri School of Law Veterans Clinic will help veterans and their families secure disability benefits.


U.S. Air Force Legal Assistance
https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil/lass/lass.html
Welcome to the Air Force Legal Assistance Website! This website is intended for active duty, reserve component, and retired military members, their family members, and others eligible for legal assistance through the military.


U.S. Armed Forces Legal Assistance
http://legalassistance.law.af.mil/content/locator.php
Complete a form to locate active duty legal activities offering general legal services within the continental United States.


U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps
www.jag.navy.mil
The Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps provides solutions, from a military perspective, to legal issues involving military operations, organization, and personnel, wherever and whenever such solutions are required, with primary focus on operations, accountability, Sailor legal readiness, and Navy legal readiness.


Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Project
http://www.vetsprobono.org/
202-628-8164 or 1-888-838-7727
Cooperative program of four national veterans service organizations (American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, National Veterans Legal Services Program, and Paralyzed Veterans of America) providing free attorneys to veterans and their qualifying family members who have an appeal pending at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.


Veterans Defense Project
http://veteransdefenseproject.org/
The Veterans Defense Project (VDP) is non-profit human service organization, dedicated to providing practical, no-nonsense attention to the needs of veterans facing legal situations.

The mission of the Veterans Defense Project is:
  • To publish and market The Attorney’s Guide to Defending Veterans in Criminal Court, the comprehensive manual to the art and science of defending criminally-involved veterans with PTSD, TBI, substance abuse or other service-related disorders; and any such reprints or updates.
  • To conduct and support education, research, and informational activities to increase public awareness of issues effecting military veterans in the criminal justice system;
  • To promote the effective legal representation of military veterans charged with criminal offenses; and
  • To promote the rehabilitation of criminally-involved veterans.



Veterans Legal Clinic (San Diego, CA)
http://www.sandiego.edu/veteransclinic/
Have you had problems when using your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits at a for-profit school?
Has a for-profit school or college made promises to you but failed to live up to them? 
Did you have problems when trying to transfer credits earned at a for-profit school? 
Were you given guarantees of job placement or employment that never materialized?

The Veterans Legal Clinic is here to serve you!

We’re here to help. If you have a dispute with a for-profit school or lender over the use of your GI Bill funds and education related loans, you don’t have to fight this battle alone. USD law student interns, under the direction of a supervising attorney, can offer free legal services to assist you. These services range from advice to identification of potential claims to representation in litigation, arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution.


VetWow
www.vetwow.com
We advocate for men and women affected by Military Sexual Trauma. We have trained most of the independent military sexual trauma veterans advocates in the U.S.

 Our mission:
  • Helping Veterans WIN VA Claims. 
  • Obtain help for Active Duty with Military Sexual Trauma.
  • Finding Veterans to connect with each other.
  • Educate all who have served.
  • Pay it forward to three other veterans.




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Books

The American Bar Association Legal Guide for Military Families
Everything You Need to Know about Family Law, Estate Planning, and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
Author: The American Bar Association, Copyright @ 2013

The one and only legal guide for servicemembers and their families.

The American Bar Association Legal Guide for Military Families is the complete resource for servicemembers, veterans, and their families. This guide will help all servicemembers clarify their legal issues, understand the options, and locate assistance. Topics are presented in an easy-to-read format and every chapter includes a resources section with phone numbers, websites, and contacts to help servicemembers find answers and move forward.

Topics include:
  • Working with a Lawyer
  • Family Law
  • Debt and Finance
  • Housing, Landlord/Tenant Issues, and Real Estate
  • Motor Vehicle Sales, Finance, and Repair
  • Estate Planning and Insurance
  • Health Care Law
  • Employment and Re-employment
  • Discharge
  • Disability Issues
  • Veterans Benefits

The American Bar Association Legal Guide for Military Families is a supplement to the popular ABA Homefront website that provides state-by-state legal information for servicemembers. Visit www.abahomefront.com.




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Bar Association to Expand Help for Veterans (Jan 29, 2011)

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