Veterans Assistance Project

Veterans Assistance Project

To get help from the Veterans Assistance Project, call 212.382.4722.
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).

Veterans may call our intake line 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.

Makedah K. Salmond directs the Veterans Assistance Project and Natalia Ramirez is the Project Coordinator.

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.

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