The Veteran Advocacy Project at the Urban Justice Center provides free legal services to low-income veterans, with a focus on those living with PTSD, TBI, substance abuse problems, and mental illness.
Most of our nation's veterans make a successful transition back to civilian life, but it is not always easy. The VA's records indicate that 22 veterans commit suicide each day. An estimated 30% of our troops come home with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and countless servicemembers struggle with Traumatic Brain Injuries, depression, and substance abuse. When these veterans face legal challenges, such as eviction or an improper termination of benefits, it dramatically increases the risk that they will spiral further into illness, become homeless, or even commit suicide. The Veteran Advocacy Project intervenes before veterans reach the breaking point by ensuring their access to housing, health care, and income.
We are partnered with VA hospitals, mental health clinics, and local veterans' groups to reach servicemembers where they are. While our attorneys tackle the legal challenges, our peer advocates ensure that our clients are connected to appropriate social services. With a dedicated team, the project allows veterans to achieve the stability needed to regain their health and rebuild their lives.
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Pro Bono Coordinator
The Veteran Advocacy Project seeks a pro bono coordinator for veterans' discharge upgrades; click the link for details.
Veteran Advocacy Project Announces Launch of Discharge Upgrade Clinic
The Urban Justice Center's Veteran Advocacy Project is pleased to announce the launch of its new Discharge Upgrade Clinic in partnership with the Pro Bono Committee of the New York County Lawyers' Association and the Feerick Center for Social Justice at Fordham Law School. This new initiative provides pro bono legal assistance to veterans seeking to upgrade the characterization of their discharge from the military. Too often misconduct or substance abuse that leads to less-than-honorable discharges is related to undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury. You can download a flyer that provides further information about the CLE.