Legal Services

Swords to Plowshares is one of the few organizations in the country that provides free legal consultation and attorney representation to veterans seeking assistance with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and military discharge upgrade cases. Our attorneys play an essential role by helping veterans remove unjust legal barriers to VA benefits. Our services are targeted to address the needs of homeless and low-income veterans. All services are free of charge.

Our clients have a 90% success rate for claims that come to resolution. Every $1 we spend on the free legal services we provide for veterans leverages $26 in direct VA benefits.

VA Benefits and Related Issues

  • Service-connected disability compensation
  • Non-service-connected pension
  • Character of discharge applications for basic veteran eligibility
  • Medical care entitlement
  • Rating increases
  • Overpayment issues
  • Appeals

Military Discharge Review/Upgrade

  • Discharge Upgrade applications
  • Requests for corrections to military records

Who Qualifies?

Any veteran, regardless of discharge status, era of service, or length of service is eligible for a free assessment. If you or someone you know is in need of veterans benefits assistance, please stop by during drop-in hours or contact our Legal Team at [email protected]. We are limited to providing representation beyond a one-time assessment to qualifying residents of San Francisco.

Hours & Locations

Drop-in Clinic: we offer drop-in hours on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Sign-in hours are from 9 – 9:30 am at our main office location: 1060 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

You do not need to make an appointment. If you have questions, please call (415) 252-4788.

Resources for Veterans: Self-Help Guides

If you are a veteran seeking VA benefits, a discharge upgrade, or just need copies of your military records, our self-help materials may have the information you need.

Please review and download our Self-Help Guides.