Approximately 800,000 veterans live in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Nearly one quarter of those veterans reside in Northern Virginia. Thanks to a grant from Equal Justice Works and Americorps, LSNV launched the Veterans Law Project in 2015.
LSNV now has an attorney who focuses on assisting at-risk and homeless veterans in removing barriers to housing, employment, and self-sufficiency. The Veterans Law Project attorney coordinates extensively with organizations and agencies that serve veterans in the community.
The Work of the Veterans Law Project
- Direct representation to veterans who are homeless or who at great risk of becoming homeless on landlord-tenant matters, problems with disability and other income maintenance benefits, child support, consumer and medical debt, driver’s license reinstatement, expungement, custody/visitation, veterans benefits and discharge upgrades.
- Coordination with community partner agencies, including case management staff at the VA hospitals, VA clinics, Veteran Service Organizations, local Veterans Treatment Docket and Veterans Centers to create protocols and facilitate referrals.
- Presentations at Veterans Centers on legal topics of broad appeal and creates educational materials.Provides direct representation to income-eligible military families.
- Works with local Law School’s Veterans Club and Veterans Clinic to offer students a range of volunteer opportunities, and to coordinate service delivery to eligible veteran clients
- Coordination with LSNV’s Pro Bono Project and the State Bar Veterans and Military Affairs Committee to refer appropriate cases to private attorneys.