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
  • NELP – Legal Clinic

    Tuesday, May 15, 2018 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held in the Pace University Small Business Development Center, located at One Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038. By subway this location is accessible via the A/C to Fulton St; 2/3 to Fulton St; or 4/5/6 to Brooklyn Bridge City Hall. To register for an appointment, please call NELP at 212-382-6633.

  • NELP – Legal Clinic

    Tuesday, May 1, 2018 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Library, located at 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238. By subway, this location is accessible via the 2 or 3 to the Grand Army Plaza station. To register for an appointment, please call NELP at 212-382-6633.