Free Legal Clinic for LGBTQ Veterans

Nov 16, 2015 1:00 pm
Glide Memorial Church, Freedom Hall, 330 Ellis Street

Were you discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” or a similar policy and want to correct your DD214? Do you want your legal name and gender marker to be reflected on your DD214? Do you want more information on VA Health Care coverage for transgender care?  Do you need assistance filing a VA benefits claim for service-connected compensation or pension?

If the answer to any of these is yes, come to Swords to Plowshares’ LGBTQ Veteran Legal Clinic on Nov. 16. The drop-in clinic will have attorneys on-site to address topics such as VA benefits and military records corrections for LGBTQ veterans. This is a great way to get assistance and address concerns.

  • Where: Glide Memorial Church, Freedom Hall | 330 Ellis Street | San Francisco, CA
  • When: Monday, November 16th from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
  • Cost: Free

Maureen Siedor, Staff Attorney & Pro Bono Coordinator for Swords to Plowshares, said the clinic is geared to provide tangible benefits that veterans are entitled to as well as to provide a personal sense of justice.

“When a veteran applies for a job or tries to obtain a veteran-only service, they often have to provide a copy of their DD214 as proof of military service. For LGBTQ veterans, that document may list “Homosexual Conduct” as the reason for separation, or list a name and gender that is different than the legal name and gender of the veteran today,” Siedor said.

“Handing over their DD214 equates to telling that potential employer or service provider that they’re gay or transgender—exposing them to possible mistreatment and discrimination. We’re hoping that this clinic can help veterans correct those records and avoid that risk when trying to obtain the benefits and services they have earned as veterans.”

Drop-ins welcome! Or to make an appointment contact Mo Siedor at [email protected] or call 415-252-4788.