Veterans & U.S. Military Resources

Disabled American Veterans
Disabled American Veterans assist veterans and their families in filing claims for VA disability compensation and pension; vocational rehabilitation and employment; education; home loan guaranty; life insurance; death benefits; health care and much more. All services provided are free of charge.

Inner City Law Center
Inner City Law Center serves the poorest and most vulnerable individuals and families in Los Angeles County. They provide a range of legal representation and social service advocacy focused on: housing and homelessness, benefits assistance, and homeless veterans.

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA)
The Bill Smith Homeless Veterans Project of LAFLA provides legal services to veterans in Los Angeles and abroad, and assist veterans navigate a complex bureaucratic system, which can often deter them from obtaining their benefits.

PATH - Los Angeles Street or Services (SOS) Program
The SOS Program is a pilot program that is designed as a structured alternative to the traditional court system that provides individuals who are processed for non-violent, non-drug-related issues to have the option of choosing a social service approach or to return to the traditional court system.

Public Counsel Law Center
Public Counsel's Center for Veterans Advancement (CVA), a national leader in veteran's advocacy, provides direct representation, or representation through pro bono partners, to veterans and their families.  CVA provides legal representation at both the local and national levels, and coordinates its work with efforts underway to establish special "Veterans' Courts" in Northern and Southern California designed to meet the unique needs of returning veterans.

United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claim
The Court provides veterans an impartial judicial forum for review of administrative decisions by the Board of Veterans' Appeals that are adverse to the veteran-appellant's claim of entitlement to benefits for service-connected disabilities, survivor benefits and other benefits such as education payments and waiver of indebtedness.

Veterans Court (Los Angeles County)
The Veterans Court allows veterans who suffer from mental health problems stemming from U.S. military service to receive treatment as an alternative to incarceration for nonviolent felonies. Veterans Court will provide eligible defendants the opportunity to participate in mental health and substance abuse treatment programs specifically designed for veterans.

Veteran Court (Orange County)
Veterans Court offers a therapeutic alternative and support services to US military service personnel who become involved with the criminal justice system, and who are in need of effective mental health treatment to address issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder "PTSD", Traumatic Brain Injury "TBI" and other serious mental health problems. Veterans Court, which opened in November 2008 at the Community Court building, is a collaborative partnership with the Veterans Administration, which has funded a full-time case manager, and with other State and local veteran service providers.
LawHelpCA provides low-income Californians with easy online access to basic legal resources and attorney information. LawHelpCA DOES NOT provide direct legal services. LawHelpCA provides a clear and simple portal to quality legal services referrals and legal self-help information for veterans.

The Homeless Court (HC) Program
The HC program was created by the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, the Los Angeles Public Defender's Office and advocates for the homeless including Public Counsel and the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA).
This program helps impoverished individuals with a history of homelessness to clear tickets and warrants for minor offenses such as traffic tickets, infractions, and various minor misdemeanors including jaywalking, riding the metro without a fare, sleeping in public places, illegal use of shopping carts, possession of an open container of alcohol in public, obstructing traffic on the sidewalk, sleeping on a bus bench, as well as any warrants that arise for failure to resolve these offenses.

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