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Veterans Assistance Project

Overview

Veteran Intake Line: 212-382-4722 or 877-564-3383 (toll-free)

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 (VAP) in October 2007. VAP provides disabled, low-income veterans in New York City with pro bono legal assistance on issues related to their claims for service-connected disability compensation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VAP operates a toll-free intake line for veterans, 877-564-3383, which gives out brief advice and information to veterans 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 VA. Assistance ranges from locating service documents and medical records to preparing and filing claims and directly representing veterans at hearings. Since its inception, VAP has provided legal assistance to more than 1,300 veterans, recovered approximately $5.3 million in retroactive benefits in addition to ongoing disability benefits, and leveraged over $2 million in free legal services for veterans.

vets-250VAP currently leverages the resources of more than 450 trained pro bono attorneys from over 60 law firms and corporations. VAP provides CLE training for its volunteer attorneys. To learn more about VAP, please contact Project Director Kent Eiler at keiler@nycbar.org.

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