Legal action can remove barriers to treatment, housing, benefits and more. There is a common misperception that all of veterans’ needs are taken care of by the VA for life. The truth is that the VA does not provide legal assistance, and access to VA services can be a complicated and lengthy process—not every veteran will qualify. Community partners and state and local government must come together to serve those who served us.
Here’s what we do:
Represent clients in Housing Court and in NYCHA hearings to prevent evictions and homelessness. Help veterans maintain HUD-VASH vouchers and supportive housing.
Ensure veterans’ legal access to health care and mental health treatment. Connect veterans with the appropriate services and support, including substance abuse treatment and counseling. We also assist veterans with discharge upgrades to remove barriers to VA benefits and health care.
Support clients in maintaining an income through benefits such as VA Pensions and Compensation, education benefits, including the GI Bill, Public Assistance, Food Stamps, and Social Security.
If we cannot assist clients in a particular area, we find someone who can. Veterans are matched with partner organizations and we follow up, so our clients get services—not just another phone number. An advocate is available to them every step of the way.