Veterans Assistance Project

Veterans Assistance Project

To get help, call 212.382.4722 or 877.564.3383 (toll-free).

Overview

The City Bar Justice Center’s Veterans Assistance Project  (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).

We operate 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. VAP 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.

Kent Eiler directs the Veterans Assistance Project.

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

Resources

Veterans Legal Resource Guide

Veterans’ Legal Series Playlist
Latest news
Upcoming events
  • Veterans Assistance Project Breakfast

    Friday, November 10, 2017 (8:30 AM – 10:30 AM): The Veterans Assistance Project (VAP) is hosting a Veterans Day Breakfast and free Ethics CLE in recognition of VAP volunteers. Sponsorship opportunities at the $1,000, $2,500, and $5,000 levels are available. Contact Christina Overton for more information.

  • NELP – Legal Clinic

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held in Upper Manhattan at the NYC Business Solutions Center, located at 361 West 125th St, New York, NY 10027. By subway, this location is accessible via the A/B/C/D to the 125th St station. To register for an appointment, please contact NELP at (212) 382-6633.