LEGAL

Discharge Upgrade Referral Guide

Check out our comprehensive resource list of legal services in different states.
National

National Veterans Legal Services Program

202-265-8305, ext. 152
info@nvlsp.org

We serve veterans nationwide, regardless oflocation. We have no income limitations. Our program includes a focus onassisting survivors of military sexual trauma and racial discrimination        as well as veterans with mental healthconditions. To apply online for assistance, click here: https://www.nvlsp.org/what-we-do/lawyers-serving-warriors/

National

MASON VETERANS AND SERVICE MEMBERS LEGAL CLINIC

703-993-8214
mvets@gmu.edu

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/

National

THE VETERANS CONSORTIUM DISCHARGE UPGRADE PROGRAM

202-733-3324
upgrades@vetsprobono.org

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.

California

SWORDS TO PLOWHARES

415-798-8387
legal@stp-sf.org

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.

California

VETERANS LEGAL INSTITUTE

714- 852-3492

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/

California

USC GOULD SCHOOL OF LAW VETERANS LEGAL PRACTICUM

lriley@law.usc.edu

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.

California

UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO VETERANS LEGAL CLINIC

619-260-7470
veteransclinic@sandiego.edu

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.

California

LEGAL AID OF SONOMA COUNTY VETERANS PROGRAM

707-542-1291
bjohnson@legalaidsc.com

Low income and homeless individuals who served at least one day in the military and now reside or are homeless in Sonoma County, CA.

Florida

BAY AREA LEGAL SERVICES

1-866-486-6161

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).

Colorado

ROCKY MOUNTAIN VETERANS ADVOCACY PROJECT

720-253-0963
ClientServices@rmvap.org

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

Connecticut

CONNECTICUT VETERANS LEGAL CENTER

203-479-0375

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.

Delaware

WIDENER UNIVERSITY DELAWARE LAW SCHOOL VETERANS LEGAL CLINIC

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.  

Florida

LEGAL AID SERVICE OF BROWARD COUNTY- MISSION UNITED VETERANS PRO BONO PROJECT

954-358-5643
missionunited@legalaid.org

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.

Georgia

VETERANS LEGAL CLINIC OF UGA LAW SCHOOL

706-542-6439
uga.veteransclinic@gmail.com

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.

Illinois

LEGAL AID CHICAGO

312-347-8340 (Veterans Hotline)

Anyone who identifies as a veteran, whose income is below 80% of Chicago Area Median Income ($52,200 for a single-person household)

Illinois

ILLINOIS ARMED FORCES LEGAL AID NETWORK (IL-AFLAN)

855-452-3526 (Attorney-staffed Hotline)

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.

Illinois

UIC JOHN MARSHALL LAW SCHOOL - VETERANS LEGAL CLINIC

855-452-3526

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).

Maine

PINE TREE LEGAL SERVICES

207-400-3229
VMailbox@ptla.org

Pine Tree Legal Assistance serves low-income veterans throughout the state of Maine.

Massachusetts

COMMUNITY LEGAL AID

Community Legal Aid serves low-income veterans living in Central and Western Massachusetts (Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire Counties).

Massachusetts

VETERANS LEGAL CLINIC OF HARVARD LAW SCHOOL

617-290-2737
veteranslegalclinic@law.harvard.edu

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.

North Carolina

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL OF LAW MILITARY AND VETERANS CLINIC

919-962-2888

The UNC Military and Veterans Law clinic assists low-income North Carolinians. Unfortunately, clinic capacity is limited. Assistance and representation is not guaranteed.

North Carolina

LEGAL AID OF NORTH CAROLINA, INC.

1-866-219-5262

Legal Aid of North Carolina serves low-income veterans living in North Carolina.

North Carolina

CHARLOTTE CENTER FOR LEGAL ADVOCACY

704-808-4144

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.

Ohio

LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF COLUMBUS

1-888-246-4420

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.

Ohio

COMMUNITY LEGAL AID SERVICES

1-800-998-9454

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.

Pennsylvania

LEGAL AID OF SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA

610-283-0884

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).

Louisiana

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services

(504) 529-1000 ext. 250

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/

Montana

Veterans Advocacy Clinic at the School of Law, University of Montana

(406) 243-4174

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

North Carolina

Wake Forest University School of Law Veterans Legal Clinic

lawvlc@wfu.edu

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/

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