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November 11, 2009

L.A. Law Organization Offers Free Legal Help for Veterans

We linked to a similar program from Verizona few days ago, this appears to be a similar program being offered by another law firm.

The website for this Free Legal Help program is at Center for Veterans Advancement.

Full Article at: L.A. law group offers to help needy vets battle bureaucracy
November 11, 2009 | 1:46 pm
A Los Angeles-based law organization today launched a new program to provide free legal assistance to veterans who hit bureaucratic roadblocks when filing claims for federal medical and mental health benefits.

Public Council, a pro bono law firm, will offer the free service throughout Southern California and, in partnership with other volunteer attorneys, in more than 25 states.

“Many veterans who return home to their families are facing a system that routinely rejects their benefit claims,’’ Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said at a Veterans Day news conference to announce the effort. “That’s absolutely unacceptable. We can and must do more for our nation’s heroes.”

Public Council President Hernán D. Vera said the effort would help the 1.7 million troops deployed to Afghanistan and Iran, many of whom have been denied benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, traumatic brain injury and other combat-related injuries. The program also will help the tens of thousands of homeless veterans living on the nation’s streets to collect government assistance.

“The veterans’ homeless population is skyrocketing. Nearly one out of every four homeless individuals we see on the streets of Los Angeles wore the uniform protecting our country. But only one in 10 receive the government services that they’re entitled to,” Vera said.

The legal program, called the Center for Veterans Advancement, will provide free legal representation in court as well as for administrative proceedings with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Social Security Administration, all branches of the military and with other local and national agencies.”

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