Free Legal Services for Veterans and Military

Having legal challenges can prevent you from living the life you want to live. This can interfere with transitioning from the military, getting that next job or housing, and the benefits and services you are entitled to access. Ignoring legal difficulties tends to aggravate them; however, there are free and inexpensive resources available to military members and veterans that can make legal concerns less of a burden.

Variety of legal issues

Stateside Legal provides a range of services nationwide, including self-help, discharge upgrades or military record changes, health, housing, education, employment debt, family, crime issues and resources specific to women and the LGBTQ+ community. They serve veterans, military personnel, people with military experience and their families.

Local VA Legal Services and Veterans Justice Outreach

Legal help for veterans is available at VA and includes veteran outreach specialists and partnerships with legal clinics. Veteran Justice Outreach Specialists identify veterans involved in justice and connect with them through outreach, and they often work with Veterans Treatment Courts and free legal clinics. Additionally, they are often the point of contact for the more than 150 legal clinics serving veterans across the country. Clinics that offer legal services by state and VA facility are here.

VA Disability Benefits and Exit Upgrades

VetLex is a dedicated, web-based network of coordinated pro bono legal service providers. It connects veterans to someone who can help solve a legal problem. Most legal work focuses on discharge upgrades and VA disability benefits, but VetLex offers some services for other legal needs in some locations. To use this resource, you will be asked to enter information about your legal situation, then VetLex will connect you with a pro bono attorney in your area.

Legal matters

American Bar Association (ABA) Free Legal Answers for Veterans is a virtual legal advice portal where income-eligible veterans and survivors can submit questions relating to non-criminal legal issues. VA-accredited attorneys volunteer to answer questions about VA benefits, exit upgrades, and similar veteran legal issues.

Extensive search for legal resources

The National Resource Directory (NRD) offers a broad search for legal resources. It is a database of validated resources that support the recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration of military members, veterans, family members, and caregivers. Typing “legal services” into the NRD search bar brings up a list of non-governmental organizations that provide free legal services to veterans and military personnel. You can customize your search by state, city, and zip code. Contact numbers and emails are readily available and offers cover a wide variety of legal services.

The sharing of any non-VA information does not constitute an endorsement of products and services by VA. Veterans should verify information with the offering organization.

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