The Veteran Advocacy Project at the Urban Justice Center provides free civil legal services to low-income veterans, with a focus on those living with Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, and substance use problems.
Most of the nation’s veterans make a successful transition back to civilian life, but it is not always easy. The VA’s records indicate that 22 veterans commit suicide each day. An estimated 30% of the troops come home with Post Traumatic Stress 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 commit suicide. The Veteran Advocacy Project intervenes before veterans reach the breaking point by ensuring the access to housing, health care, and income.
They are partnered with VA hospitals, mental health clinics, and local veterans’ groups to reach servicemembers where they are. While the attorneys tackle the legal challenges, the advocates ensure that the clients are connected to appropriate social services. With a dedicated team, the project allows veterans to achieve the stability needed to regain the health and rebuild lives.
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