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Veteran Advocacy Project

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Homeless & Housing
  • Justice & Legal
  • People with Disabilities
  • Veterans & Military Families

Location

1 Liberty Plaza, Fl. 23New York, NY 10006 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Veteran Advocacy Project provides free legal services to low-income veterans and their families, with a focus on those living with Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, and substance use problems. Most of our nation’s veterans make a successful transition back to civilian life, but it is not always easy. The VA’s records indicate that 20 veterans die by suicide each day. An estimated 20% of our troops come home with PTS and countless servicemembers struggle with Traumatic Brain Injuries, depression, and substance dependency. When these veterans face legal challenges, such as eviction or an improper termination of benefits, it dramatically increases the risk that they will spiral further into illness, become homeless, or die by suicide. The Veteran Advocacy Project intervenes before veterans reach the breaking point by ensuring their access to housing, health care, and income.

Description

The Veteran Advocacy Project was founded in 2010 and has served thousands of veterans and their family members over the years. We specialize in working with veterans who have been cut off from VA health care and benefits because of a less than fully honorable discharge due to misconduct that was actually a symptom of PTS or traumatic brain injury. We recently launched our criminal defense program, providing representation and expert mitigation assistance on capital cases. We also have medical legal partnerships with Vet Centers, a network of federally qualified health centers, and outreach for justice-involved veterans in courts and at Rikers. Finally, our project teams up with social services agencies to holistically meet the needs of our clients.

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