If you are a military veteran that needs
legal assistance in the area of health care law, 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.
Alona Cortese Elder Law Center
Founded in 2000, the Alona Cortese Elder Law Center
provides free legal services to low income seniors
throughout County of Orange. The center works closely
with local legal aid organizations and pro-bono
attorneys to maximize services provided to seniors.
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.
- UCI Law Veterans Appeals Pro Bono Program
Through a partnership between the law firm of Gibson,
Dunn & Crutcher LLP and the University of California
at Irvine School of Law, the UCI Law Veterans Appeals
Pro Bono Program provides pro bono representation
to veterans in appeals of veterans benefits claims
to the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans
Claims. Contact Sean Twomey at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
LLP at (949) 451-4055 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
- Orange County
Department of Veteran Services
OC Veteran Service Center is located in Santa Ana
and assists veterans with claims, homelessness,
and access to state and federal healthcare and compensation
and pension benefits. The OC Veteran Service Center
also assist veterans with criminal and benefit matters
and can help veterans get in touch with the key
players at the VA Long Beach and the Orange County
Veteran Court. Under penal code 1170.9 veteran court
and alternative sentencing there is no longer a
combat requirement as of 2013.
Contact: 1-855-886-5400 then ask
for Veteran Service Department of Orange County.
They take appointments and walk in's M-F 9-4:30.
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.
- 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.
The Office on Aging provides services for older
adults, caregivers, and persons with disabilities,
which includes veterans. Information and referral
to services that help people maintain their independence
is provided through the call center. Links to resources
include, but are not limited to, nutrition, transportation,
health insurance counseling, support groups, case
management, legal services, in-home care, and adult
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.
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.
- Orange County Combat Veterans Court
The first program of its kind in California, this veterans court is a dedicated criminal calendar offering therapeutic treatment instead of incarceration for combat veterans. The first-time offenders served by the court have disorders arising from combat experience, including substance abuse issues, diagnoses of posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and other psychological problems.
- 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.