Pro Bono Opportunities

Discharge Upgrade Clinic

Members of the military leave service with one of five discharge statuses that will determine their access to VA health care and benefits. PTSD and TBI wreak psychological havoc on our servicemembers and the resulting behavioral health problems can easily lead to bad discharge papers. In other words, veterans need treatment for the condition that got them cut off from treatment.

In New York City, there are no legal services organizations that focus on discharges. In 2013 we launched our pro bono Discharge Upgrade Clinic in partnership with the New York County Lawyers' Association and the Feerick Center for Social Justice at Fordham Law School. The clinic matches volunteer attorneys with low-income veterans applying for discharge upgrades. With support from the Bob Woodruff Foundation, VAP is investigating over 150 veterans' cases so that as many men and women as possible can receive free legal representation in their discharge appeals.

Please email us at veterans@urbanjustice.org for more information.