More Legal Pro Bono's in VA Facilities
Although we have already featured the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center as one of the most effective and unique "in-house" programs in the country, you may want to learn about other model programs closer to home.
Approximately 40 legal service providers are currently providing legal help in 36 VA medical facilities, including VA Medical Centers, Outpatient Clinics and Vet Centers. The VA Office of General Council is the coordinating force.
To serve the client population better, some legal services organizations exist onsite at VA facilities. Mobility is a potential barrier to justice for some veterans. Delivering services at VA facilities helps remedy such mobility issues because it removes the need for added travel outside of routine medical visits. Increasing access and awareness of legal services in this way could potentially decrease cultural barriers to justice, as it’s been found that veterans are unlikely to seek legal help on their own.
To learn more about sharing space with the VA to serve the legal needs of veterans, or to volunteer, contact an organization from this list of legal services operations which are housed in VA facilities.In addition to existing within VA buildings, a handful of programs incorporate legal services into veteran patient healthcare from start to finish in medical-legal partnerships, such as the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center's highlighted medical-legal partnership.