Veterans Project

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Disabled Navy veteran Monica with her attorney, Cathy Wong

California is home to the largest number of homeless veterans in the nation, comprising approximately 26% of all homeless veterans in our country. California expects to receive an additional 30,000 discharged military service members every year for the next several years, more than any other state.

BayLegal’s Veterans Project provides free legal assistance to veterans with the following issues:

  • Veterans Benefits, including:
    • Service-Connected Disability Benefits (disability benefits for physical and psychological problems arising from or caused by military service)
    • Non-Service Connected Disability Benefits (disability benefits for low-income wartime veterans)
    • VA Overpayments (waiver requests for overpaid amounts)
  • Character of Discharge Determinations (petition the VA for eligibility for VA benefits and health care despite a “bad” discharge)
  • Discharge Upgrades (petition to upgrade discharge status so that veteran is eligible for VA health care and benefits, and to eliminate stigma that can be a barrier to employment and housing)
  • SSDI (Social Security Disability Benefits)
  • SSI (Supplemental Security Income)
  • Housing Preservation
  • Consumer Law
  • Domestic Violence Prevention
  • Health Care Access

 

Get Legal Help

LEGAL ADVICE LINE

For help with a legal problem involving Housing, Public Benefits, or Consumer Law, please call our Legal Advice Line for assistance.

IMPORTANT UPDATE, DECEMBER 4, 2020

The Legal Advice Line will be closed starting this Monday, December 7, 2020 until January 3, 2020.  We are closing slightly early for the holiday this year in order to perform key technological upgrades that will allow us to better serve clients in the new year.  During this time, we recommend that you use the resources at www.lawhelpca.org to find legal help based on your location and issue, or call 211.  Thank you for your patience and understanding, and we hope everyone stays safe and enjoys the holiday season.

Upcoming Veterans Legal clinics

Bay Area Legal Aid offers seasonal Veteran’s Rights Clinics throughout the region. Click here for all Legal Clinics.

Oct
13
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Veterans’ Legal Clinic – San José
Oct 13 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Important Notice Concerning Clinic Availability and Public Health:

In accord with COVID-19 public health advisories, all Bay Area Legal Aid services will continue to be provided virtually. Our attorneys and support staff will work to help you outside of clinic if you have a time sensitive legal issue. Our Legal Advice Line (1-800-551-5554) will remain open with additional staffing and resources to help us serve more clients during this period.

This free, walk-in legal clinic held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month serves veterans in Santa Clara County. BayLegal attorneys can help clinic attendees with information and referrals on topics including veterans’ benefits, other public benefit programs, healthcare access and coverage, family law, housing law, and consumer legal issues.

BayLegal Veterans Project Brochure

Oct
18
Mon
2021
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Veterans’ Legal Clinic – San José
Oct 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Important Notice Concerning Clinic Availability and Public Health:

In accord with COVID-19 public health guidance, all Bay Area Legal Aid services will continue to be provided remotely. Our attorneys and support staff will work to help you outside of clinic if you have a time sensitive legal issue. Our Legal Advice Line (1-800-551-5554) will remain open with additional staffing and resources to help us serve more clients during this period.

This free, walk-in legal clinic is held on the 3rd Monday of each month and serves veterans in Santa Clara County. BayLegal attorneys can help clinic attendees with information and referrals on topics including veterans’ benefits, other public benefit programs, healthcare access and coverage, family law, housing law, and consumer legal issues.

BayLegal Veterans Project Brochure

 

Oct
27
Wed
2021
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Veterans’ Legal Clinic – San José
Oct 27 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Important Notice Concerning Clinic Availability and Public Health:

In accord with COVID-19 public health guidance, Bay Area Legal Aid is canceling all “in-person” clinics until  at least March 31, 2020. Our attorneys and support staff will work to help you outside of clinic if you have a time sensitive legal issue. Our Legal Advice Line (1-800-551-5554) will remain open with additional staffing and resources to help us serve more clients during this period.

This free, walk-in legal clinic held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month serves veterans in Santa Clara County. BayLegal attorneys can help clinic attendees with information and referrals on topics including veterans’ benefits, other public benefit programs, healthcare access and coverage, family law, housing law, and consumer legal issues.

BayLegal Veterans Project Brochure

Nov
10
Wed
2021
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Veterans’ Legal Clinic – San José
Nov 10 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Important Notice Concerning Clinic Availability and Public Health:

In accord with COVID-19 public health advisories, all Bay Area Legal Aid services will continue to be provided virtually. Our attorneys and support staff will work to help you outside of clinic if you have a time sensitive legal issue. Our Legal Advice Line (1-800-551-5554) will remain open with additional staffing and resources to help us serve more clients during this period.

This free, walk-in legal clinic held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month serves veterans in Santa Clara County. BayLegal attorneys can help clinic attendees with information and referrals on topics including veterans’ benefits, other public benefit programs, healthcare access and coverage, family law, housing law, and consumer legal issues.

BayLegal Veterans Project Brochure

Nov
15
Mon
2021
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Veterans’ Legal Clinic – San José
Nov 15 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Important Notice Concerning Clinic Availability and Public Health:

In accord with COVID-19 public health guidance, all Bay Area Legal Aid services will continue to be provided remotely. Our attorneys and support staff will work to help you outside of clinic if you have a time sensitive legal issue. Our Legal Advice Line (1-800-551-5554) will remain open with additional staffing and resources to help us serve more clients during this period.

This free, walk-in legal clinic is held on the 3rd Monday of each month and serves veterans in Santa Clara County. BayLegal attorneys can help clinic attendees with information and referrals on topics including veterans’ benefits, other public benefit programs, healthcare access and coverage, family law, housing law, and consumer legal issues.

BayLegal Veterans Project Brochure

 

Nov
24
Wed
2021
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Veterans’ Legal Clinic – San José
Nov 24 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Important Notice Concerning Clinic Availability and Public Health:

In accord with COVID-19 public health guidance, Bay Area Legal Aid is canceling all “in-person” clinics until  at least March 31, 2020. Our attorneys and support staff will work to help you outside of clinic if you have a time sensitive legal issue. Our Legal Advice Line (1-800-551-5554) will remain open with additional staffing and resources to help us serve more clients during this period.

This free, walk-in legal clinic held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month serves veterans in Santa Clara County. BayLegal attorneys can help clinic attendees with information and referrals on topics including veterans’ benefits, other public benefit programs, healthcare access and coverage, family law, housing law, and consumer legal issues.

BayLegal Veterans Project Brochure

Dec
8
Wed
2021
MORE
Veterans’ Legal Clinic – San José
Dec 8 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Important Notice Concerning Clinic Availability and Public Health:

In accord with COVID-19 public health advisories, all Bay Area Legal Aid services will continue to be provided virtually. Our attorneys and support staff will work to help you outside of clinic if you have a time sensitive legal issue. Our Legal Advice Line (1-800-551-5554) will remain open with additional staffing and resources to help us serve more clients during this period.

This free, walk-in legal clinic held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month serves veterans in Santa Clara County. BayLegal attorneys can help clinic attendees with information and referrals on topics including veterans’ benefits, other public benefit programs, healthcare access and coverage, family law, housing law, and consumer legal issues.

BayLegal Veterans Project Brochure

Dec
20
Mon
2021
MORE
Veterans’ Legal Clinic – San José
Dec 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Important Notice Concerning Clinic Availability and Public Health:

In accord with COVID-19 public health guidance, all Bay Area Legal Aid services will continue to be provided remotely. Our attorneys and support staff will work to help you outside of clinic if you have a time sensitive legal issue. Our Legal Advice Line (1-800-551-5554) will remain open with additional staffing and resources to help us serve more clients during this period.

This free, walk-in legal clinic is held on the 3rd Monday of each month and serves veterans in Santa Clara County. BayLegal attorneys can help clinic attendees with information and referrals on topics including veterans’ benefits, other public benefit programs, healthcare access and coverage, family law, housing law, and consumer legal issues.

BayLegal Veterans Project Brochure

 

Dec
22
Wed
2021
MORE
Veterans’ Legal Clinic – San José
Dec 22 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Important Notice Concerning Clinic Availability and Public Health:

In accord with COVID-19 public health guidance, Bay Area Legal Aid is canceling all “in-person” clinics until  at least March 31, 2020. Our attorneys and support staff will work to help you outside of clinic if you have a time sensitive legal issue. Our Legal Advice Line (1-800-551-5554) will remain open with additional staffing and resources to help us serve more clients during this period.

This free, walk-in legal clinic held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month serves veterans in Santa Clara County. BayLegal attorneys can help clinic attendees with information and referrals on topics including veterans’ benefits, other public benefit programs, healthcare access and coverage, family law, housing law, and consumer legal issues.

BayLegal Veterans Project Brochure

Jan
12
Wed
2022
MORE
Veterans’ Legal Clinic – San José
Jan 12 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Important Notice Concerning Clinic Availability and Public Health:

In accord with COVID-19 public health advisories, all Bay Area Legal Aid services will continue to be provided virtually. Our attorneys and support staff will work to help you outside of clinic if you have a time sensitive legal issue. Our Legal Advice Line (1-800-551-5554) will remain open with additional staffing and resources to help us serve more clients during this period.

This free, walk-in legal clinic held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month serves veterans in Santa Clara County. BayLegal attorneys can help clinic attendees with information and referrals on topics including veterans’ benefits, other public benefit programs, healthcare access and coverage, family law, housing law, and consumer legal issues.

BayLegal Veterans Project Brochure