If you are a military veteran that needs
legal assistance in the area of Discharge Upgrades,
you may contact one of the listed legal resources.
The Orange County Bar Association assumes no
responsibility for the legal service providers which
appear on this list.
AMVETS Legal Clinic provides pro bono representation
to military personnel and Veterans. They provide
legal representation on issues ranging from Discharge
Upgrades, Traumatic Service Group Life Insurance
Appeals, VA Benefits Appeals, and issues arising
under the Service Members Civil Relief Act.
Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) provides pro bono
legal assistance to homeless, at risk, disabled
and low income current and former service members
so to eradicate barriers to housing, healthcare,
education, and employment and foster self-sufficiency.
VLI also advocates on behalf of its clients by providing
community education and policy advocacy in an effort
to increase awareness, resources, and overall protections
to current and former members of the US military.
To meet the legal needs of the growing
veteran population, PLC created an outreach effort
to military veterans called Operation Veterans Re-Entry.
This program is dedicated to providing Orange County
veterans and their families with free legal assistance
to facilitate their re-entry into civilian life,
including those who are homeless.
Pro Bono Legal Clinic - Fullerton
The Veterans Pro Bono Legal Clinic provides legal
services at not cost to Veterans or their families.
We not only help Veterans with Veterans Pension
and Aid and Attendance, but we also help Veterans
with claims for Service Connected Disability, benefits
related to Agent Orange Exposure, PTSD and TBI.
Discharge upgrades, Educational Benefits, and paperwork
for VA Home Loans.
- Legal Aid Society of Orange County
The mission of Legal Aid Society of Orange County and Community Legal Services in southeast Los Angeles County is to provide civil legal services to low-income individuals and to promote equal access to the justice system through advocacy, legal counseling, innovative self-help services, in-depth legal representation, economic development and community education.
- The University of California, Irvine - School of Law Veterans Clinic
The UCI Veterans Clinic connects members of the armed services in Southern California with meaningful legal services and educates the local community on veterans? issues. The clinic?s goal is to create a cohesive network of experienced providers of veterans services, making UCI Law one of the premiere institutions for veterans? benefits claims and discharge upgrades.
- Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
The Veterans Justice Center is a special program of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, under the umbrella of its Government Benefits legal area. Created in 2000, the Project?s goal is to protect veterans and their families by securing government benefits, and medical care and services, while stabilizing their living situation. It is open to every veteran who is at risk for homelessness as a result of problems obtaining benefits. The Project?s located at LAFLA?s East Los Angeles Office.
- Public Counsel - Center for Veterans' Advancement
Public Counsel's Center for Veterans' Advancement (CVA), a national leader in veteran's advocacy, provides direct representation, or representation through pro bono partners, to veterans and their families. CVA provides legal representation at both the local and national levels, and coordinates its work with efforts underway to establish special "Veterans' Courts" in Northern and Southern California designed to meet the unique needs of returning veterans. CVA also manages legal clinics, including one of the largest pro bono advocacy programs in the United States.
- Christian Legal Aid of Los Angeles
CLA-LA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, and we assist clients regardless of their religion, race, color, creed, national original, ancestry, disability, gender, sexual orientation or age. Clients, however, must satisfy our income guidelines, derived from California's housing guidelines for very low income families in Los Angeles. For example, in 2012, very low income means that a single person cannot earn more than $29,550 on an annual basis. Please contact us for more information about our income guidelines.
- Inner City Law Center
ICLC’s Homeless Veterans Project specializes in psychological trauma claims, especially Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) arising from combat or Military Sexual Trauma (MST). If you are a veteran and need assistance with obtaining compensation, health care, or other benefits from the Veterans Administration, please attend one of our clinics at the following locations.