Category Archives: Assistance with Benefits and Legal Matters

Womble Carlyle Pro Bono Veterans Project

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Phone: (919) 755-2100
Email: kalennon@wcsr.com
Website: wcsr.com

 

Extraordinary client service is a hallmark of Womble Carlyle. We provide value by combining professional skill, technology, and a thorough understanding of our clients’ needs to deliver high quality, cost-effective and responsive services.

Your Congressional Representatives
www.contactingthecongress.org

Find your members of congress by clicking on your state on the map or by filling out the form. Call the senator’s D.C. office; ask who handles veterans’ issues there; then ask to speak to that person. Having a high-ranking senator and his staff working on your side can open previously closed doors and fix once broken situations.  Note, though, that these people are extremely short on time.  Before calling, make sure you can summarize your entire situation in 30 seconds or less, ending with the question: “Can you help me?”  If you can’t do it in 30 seconds, practice in front of a mirror until you can.  Let the senator’s veterans’ advocate ask the follow-up questions.  If you ramble, they will not assist you.

 

Note: One of the first questions will be: “Do you have all of your military and VA papers, including your medical, discharge and military performance papers?”  Do not call until the answer to that question is yes.  Also, once you obtain your papers, never send the originals to anyone.

Additional Resources

The Los Angeles chapter of Volunteers of America (www.voala.org) has provided this list of organizations offering free assistance with food, housing, clothing, medical care, rehabilitation and other needs:

 

www.joshuakors.com/listoforganizations.xls
List compiled by reporter Joshua Kors (joshua@joshuakors.com, www.joshuakors.com) with contributions from Bob Handy of Veterans United for Truth (bhandy@vuft.org, www.vuft.org); Congressman Bob Filner, former chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs; Katherine Moore of the Jewish Vocational Services of Los Angeles (KMoore@jvsla.org, www.jvsla.org); and generous Huffington Post readers.

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Swords to Plowshares

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1060 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 252-4788
Website: stp-sf.org
Email: supportvets@stp-sf.org

 

 

Swords to Plowshares provides legal assistance to low-income veterans who are in San Francisco.  The group also helps vets who are filing disability claims with the VA.  It provides
counseling to wounded and traumatized soldiers as well as housing and employment training.

Soldiers who live outside San Francisco are encouraged to call anyway.  The knowledgeable staff can direct you to assistance in your area.

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Veterans Legal Support Center (VLSC)

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The John Marshall Law School
315 S Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: (312) 427-2737 ext 346
Website: jmls.edu
Email: vlsc@jmls.edu

The VLSC is one of the nation’s first law school clinics dedicated solely to addressing the legal needs of veterans seeking their benefits from VA.

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Urban Justice Center – Veteran Advocacy Project

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Veterans and Service Members Project
123 William St., 16th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Phone: (646) 602-5620
Email: cculhane@urbanjustice.org

Coco Culhane, Project Coordinator

Veteran Advocacy provides free civil legal services to low-income veterans. We focus on providing access to housing, health care, and income to those with PTSD and other mental health issues.

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Lawyers Serving Warriors (LSW)

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Website: LawyersServingWarriors.org
Email: LawyersServing@nvlsp.org
Phone: (202) 265-8305 ext 152

LSW is a project of National Veterans Legal Services Program that provides free legal services to U.S. military personnel and veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan, and who need help with disability, discharge or veterans benefits cases.

 

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National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP)

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PO Box 65762
Washington, DC 20035

Phone: (202) 265-8305
Website: nvlsp.org
Email: info@nvlsp.org

NVLSP provides legal information and assistance for veterans, survivors of veterans, and veterans’ advocates who are seeking service-related VA benefits.

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