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Veterans Assistance Project

Overview

Veteran Intake Line: 212.382.4722 or 877.564.3383

Download the Veterans Legal Resource Guide (PDF)

Convinced that having skilled legal counsel greatly improves veterans' chances of receiving the benefits they deserve, the City Bar Justice Center launched the Veterans Assistance Project in October, 2007. The Project is designed to meet the needs of the approximately 200,000 veterans living in New York City by providing low income veterans with pro bono assistance with disability benefits claims before the New York City Regional Office of Veterans Affairs. The City Bar Justice Center operates a toll free intake line for veterans, (877)564-3383, which gives out brief advice and information and screens cases to be invited to a monthly legal clinic.  At the legal clinic, volunteer lawyers assess possible legal remedies and help veterans file claims and appeals with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Assistance ranges from locating service documents and medical records to preparing and filing claims and directly representing veterans at hearings. Since the beginning of the Project, more than 600 veterans have obtained legal assistance through the Veterans Assistance Project, approximately $1.2 million in retroactive benefits have been recovered in addition to ongoing disability benefits, and the Project has leveraged over two million dollars in free legal services for veterans.

vets-250The Veterans Assistance Project has mobilized lawyers and legal institutions to assist wounded warriors and their families with their claims.  VAP also provides initial and recertification training for volunteer attorneys.  Free legal clinics are held at least once per month. To learn more about VAP, please contact Project Director Carol Bockner at cbockner@nycbar.org or Staff Attorney Caitlin Kilroy at ckilroy@nycbar.org

For more information, please view our Veterans Assistance Project Report.