Veterans Assistance Project

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Veterans Assistance Project

To get help from the Veterans Assistance Project, 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 benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

We operate a toll-free intake line for veterans, 877.564.3383, which veterans can call to have their cases screened and, as appropriate, 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 (2018).


Not sure if this is the right project? Contact our free Legal Hotline at 212-626-7383.

Resources

Veterans Legal Resource Guide

Veterans Assistance Project Report (2013)

Veterans’ Legal Series Playlist
Latest news
Upcoming events
  • NELP – Legal Clinic

    Thursday, May 30, 2019: (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held in Manhattan at the Pace University Small Business Development Center. By subway this location is accessible via the A/C/2/3 to Fulton St; or the 4/5/6 to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall. To register for an appointment, please contact NELP at 212-382-6633.

  • NELP – Legal Clinic

    Wednesday, May 22, 2019 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held in Queens at the Queens Economic Development Corporation, located at 36-46 37th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101. By subway, this location is accessible via the M/R to 36th St. To register for an appointment, please contact NELP at (212) 382-6633.