ABA Free Legal Answers for Veterans is a virtual legal advice clinic for veterans with questions about discharge upgrades, VA disability benefits, and other VA benefits. Veterans who live within the United States and are within 250% of the federal poverty guidelines may submit questions on the site and receive answers from VA accredited attorneys. Click here to ask a question: https://abafederal.freelegalanswers.org/
We serve veterans nationwide, regardless of location. We have no income limitations. Our program includes a focus on assisting survivors of military sexual trauma and racial discrimination as well as veterans with mental health conditions. To apply online for assistance, click here: https://www.nvlsp.org/what-we-do/lawyers-serving-warriors/
M-VETS has no geographic or income restrictions for assistance with discharge upgrades or Boards for Corrections of Military Records.
All requests for legal services are accepted through our online application system. Click here to apply online: https://mvets.law.gmu.edu/apply/
TVC's Discharge Upgrade Program offers free nationwide legal assistance for discharge upgrades. The Program provides pro bono representation to veterans separated with an Other Than Honorable discharge due to a mental health condition, such as PTSD or traumatic brain injury; for military sexual trauma victims with less than honorable discharges; and for veterans discharged for homosexuality.
Swords assists homeless and low-income veterans living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Swords to Plowshares attorneys only help with VA benefits issues and discharge upgrades.
Veterans Legal Institute provides pro bono legal assistance to homeless, at risk, disabled and low-income veterans in the following California counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino. Our Discharge Upgrade team focuses on cases involving Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Military Sexual Trauma, and discrimination based on race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. Applicants can apply for help online at https://www.vetslegal.com/application/
USC Gould's Veterans Legal Practicum (VLP) serves veterans in any location but with a preference for those in the Los Angeles area. The VLP specializes in cases involving MST, PTSD and working with people experiencing homelessness. The practicum takes a limited number of cases annually (10-20). Clients will work with law students supervised by clinical faculty.
The USD VeteransLegal Clinic primarily serves veterans living in San Diego County. We provide free legal services to those needing assistance withdischarge upgrades and Veterans Administration (VA) disability claims appeals.
Low income and homeless individuals who served at least one day in the military and now reside or are homeless in Sonoma County, CA.
The Rocky Mountain Veterans Advocacy Project (RMVAP) provides military and veteran legal advocacy services, pairing individual veterans and military servicemembers with licensed attorneys. These teams work primarily on VA disability benefit compensation cases at the regional level, Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA), and Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC), as well as discharge upgrade cases before the Boards of the Department of Defense. Preference is given to Colorado veterans.
Mailing Address: 9888 W. Belleview Ave. #5049 Denver, CO 80123
The Connecticut Veterans Legal Center provides full representation services for certain eligible veterans living in the state of Connecticut and limited discharge upgrade consultations for veterans outside of Connecticut.
TheVeterans Law Clinic provides free legal representation to primarily low-incomeand disabled veterans and their dependents in appealing adverse VA decisions. Inaddition to VA claims, we also take discharge upgrade cases and prepare simplewills and other estate documents.
Bay Area Legal Services’ Major Ernest A. and Marilyn Bedke Veterans’ Law Center provides free phone advice appointments on a variety of civil legal issues, including discharge upgrades and character of discharge determinations, to low-income Veterans throughout the state of Florida. Full representation before the review boards or application preparation assistance are provided on a case-by-case basis. We have two informational videos on discharge upgrades on our Youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzeGHCeU3O0&t=25s and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CewyK6iMxys&t=43s).
Low-income Veterans living in Broward County Florida or Veterans residing anywhere who have legal issues in the Broward County court system. Low-income means 200% of the federal poverty guidelines excluding VA and Social Security benefits. We provide a wide variety of civil legal assistance by utilizing pro bono attorneys. Email or call to schedule a legal screening.
The Veterans Legal Clinic represents veterans and their dependents with claims for benefits from the Veterans Administration and the military, as well as Discharge Upgrades. We focus on low-income, homeless, and other vulnerable veterans.
The Veterans Legal Clinic represents veterans who reside in the State of Georgia. As a law school clinic, we are fully staffed only during the academic year, which includes fall, spring, and summer semesters. However, we accept new requests for help at any time.
Anyone who identifies as a veteran, whose income is below 80% of Chicago Area Median Income ($52,200 for a single-person household)
IL-AFLAN serves low-income veterans, active duty, national guard, reserve, and military spouses or dependents with all civil legal issues, including discharge upgrades and VA benefits appeals. We serve clients across Illinois, as well as those living elsewhere with an Illinois based legal issue. Please call when you have time to talk with an attorney and have any relevant documents in front of you. We connect callers with a lawyer in under 7 minutes, on average. When in doubt, please call. If we can't help for some reason, we will do our best to find someone who can.
UIC Veterans Legal Clinic serves veterans in Illinois. The Veterans Legal Clinic provides free legal assistance when a veteran has been improperly denied benefits by the Veterans Benefits Administration or is in need of a military discharge upgrade. For assistance, call our partners at Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network (855-452-3526).
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services serves homeless and low-income veterans living within the twenty-two parishes (counties) of Southeast Louisiana, including the New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Houma-Thibodaux, St. Tammany, and Hammond metro areas. Veterans seeking DU assistance can contact our organization by calling (504) 529-1000 ext. 250 or applying online at https://slls.org/get-help/client-services/
Community Legal Aid serves low-income veterans living in Central and Western Massachusetts (Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire Counties).
The Veterans Legal Clinic focuses on serving individuals who live in Massachusetts and New England and who have limited income. Our representation is free if you meet our case criteria. Individuals interested in applying for representation can contact our intake coordinator by phone or email. We also welcome walk-ins at our office at 122 Boylston Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, during business hours (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). We are located next to the Stony Brook T Station on the Orange Line and offer free parking behind our building.
We welcome veterans of all backgrounds and all generations. Our clients include LGBTQ+ veterans, women veterans, veterans of color, combat veterans, less-than-honorably discharged veterans, veterans who have experienced Military Sexual Trauma, and Guard and Reserve veterans.
Veterans Legal Services helps Massachusetts veterans overcome adversity by providing free civil legal aid that honors their service, promotes well-being, and responds to their distinctive needs.
Pine Tree Legal Assistance serves low-income veterans throughout the state of Maine.
The Veterans Advocacy Clinic at the School of Law serves low-income veterans in Montana and the surrounding region, as well as veterans referred through national pro bono programs for veterans. The Veterans Advocacy Clinic involves third-year law students in supervised law practice. Veterans in need of assistance with military discharge upgrade can fill out our intake form, found at https://umt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_40yJU2sPcKaoGDH More information about the Veterans Advocacy Clinic can be found at https://www.umt.edu/law/academics/clinics/veterans-advocacy.php
The UNC Military and Veterans Law clinic assists low-income North Carolinians. Unfortunately, clinic capacity is limited. Assistance and representation is not guaranteed.
Legal Aid of North Carolina serves low-income veterans living in North Carolina.
Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy serves veterans who live in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, and Union counties in North Carolina with income below 300% of the federal poverty line.
The Wake Forest University School of Law Veterans Legal Clinic assists low-income former service-members who live in North Carolina. Unfortunately, clinic capacity is limited and representation is not guaranteed. The application is available on the clinic website: http://veteransclinic.law.wfu.edu/
NYLAG is a leading civil legal services organization combatting economic, racial, and social injustice by advocating for people experiencing poverty or in crisis. NYLAG assists low-income veterans located in the New York City area with civil legal issues including VA Benefits and Discharge Upgrades.
The Legal Aid Society of Columbus serves veterans living in Franklin and Madison county, Ohio who are living at or below 200% of the federal poverty line (i.e. homeless and low-income individuals/families). For assistance, call our intake line at 614-241-2001 or 888-246-4420 or complete our online application here: https://onlineintake.oslsa.org/?blsid=112.
Community Legal Aid Services serves homeless, low income, and senior veterans living in Central NE Ohio (Summit, Stark, Medina, Portage, Columbiana, Wayne, Trumbull, and Mahoning Counties). Intake does not guarantee case acceptance.
LASP serves veterans experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, homelessness and income insecurity and living with disabilities in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties in Southeastern PA. Generally, our intake guidelines require a potential client to be between 125% and 200% federal poverty level; however, if the individual is living with a disability we can provide assistance to them if they are over income. If a veteran is experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness in another county in central or north PA, we may be able to assist them through a partnership with the Veterans Multi-Service Center (VMC).