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Mission Statement

To provide pro bono legal assistance to homeless, at risk, disabled and low income current and former service members to eradicate barriers to housing, healthcare, education, and employment and foster self-sufficiency.


VLI is seeking board members who are passionate about serving veterans. All Directors must be at least eighteen years of age, and by reason of their background and experience are reasonably expected to contribute to the governance of VLI and be able and willing to act in VLI’s best interest. VLI has a board of directors currently comprised of twenty-two directors. The Board can have no less than three and no more than twenty five directors. VLI’s activities and affairs are managed and all corporate authority is exercised by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors has the authority to remove all corporate agents, officers, and employees subject to applicable provisions by the Bylaws. The Board may perform any and all acts necessary to conduct business purposes of VLI within the scope of common board duties. The officers at VLI include a Chair, vice Chair, Chief Executive Officer, a President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. The Board of Directors may also appoint other officers at its discretion by majority vote. The officers are elected annually as needed and serve for two year periods except for the Chief Executive Officer and the president who serve for the length of any applicable employment contract. Directors serve without compensation. However, they may be reimbursed for expenses incurred within the performance of their duties. The President and CEO both work full time at VLI, and are the only two members of the Board who are paid. Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) is a 501 (c) (3) and one of the very few military specific law firms in the nation that provides legal services pro bono in order to address the needs of homeless, low income, mentally disabled, and at risk veterans and active service members. Veterans come with deep issues and needs that go beyond their legal concerns. VLI provides life changing legal services that remove barriers to employment, housing, healthcare, and education needs. We empower our clients to be self-sufficient, and provide them with the services that they need and deserve. Since its founding in 2014, VLI has served over 2,000 veterans, active service members, and reservists with a wide variety of legal issues and restored over $1 M in veterans benefits. These issues include getting homeless veterans and their spouses off the street, and getting them the documents that they need to work legally in the U.S.; helping veterans get the disability upgrades that they need and deserve from the military to support themselves; and assisting veterans with their unemployment appeals hearings in front of the EDD. VLI especially emphasizes helping older and indigent veterans including World War II and Korean War veterans.




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Would you recommend Veterans Legal Institute?

by Jennifer G. (October 29, 2017)
I am currently a law clerk at Veterans Legal Institute. It is a great environment to spend time in. A very interesting legal aspect. I highly recommend anyone looking for a great volunteer position as a law Clerk.