Pro-Bono (ie, FREE) Legal Programs for Veterans – legal assistance for veterans master list

I have had to answer this question more than once, so I am going to provide my master list of free (ie, pro bono) legal services for veterans and other similar legal assistance programs for veterans.  If you know of a program that is not on this list, please feel free to email me or comment below so that I may add it to the list and give you credit for the submission!

Master List:  Attorneys and advocates by state

Click the link above for a list of private attorneys proudly representing and assisting U.S. military veterans and dependents in achieving rightful VA benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit under the Veterans’ Judicial Review Act of 1988 and 2006.


Lawyers Serving Warriors

Lawyers Serving Warriors ®, a project of NVLSP, provides free legal representation.

From their website:

The Lawyers Serving Warriors® program offers pro-bono legal help with disability issues to veterans from all eras. Our current pro bono initiative is to assist veterans with applications for Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC). In the past, the Lawyers Serving Warriors® program assisted veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan facing administrative separation, going through a medical evaluation board or physical evaluation board, or pursuing a claim with the VA for disability compensation.

Visit their website by clicking here:




Stateside Legal

Stateside Legal | Legal help for military members, veterans and their families

Legal assistance for military connected individuals

From their website:

This website is for members of the military, veterans, their families and advocates. Our goal is to help you:

  • access benefits
  • find free legal help, and
  • better understand your legal issues

Many websites provide information for military households or veterans.  Here our goal is to index the best legal information available in one easy-to-use site. We have also added our own interactive forms, videos, and legal analysis.


National Veterans Legal Services Program – Veterans Benefits – Medical Health Disability Claims (NVLSP)

About the program:

Legal information and assistance for veterans, survivors of veterans and veterans advocates who are seeking service-related VA benefits – primarily claims for disability compensation.


Jason Perry

My personal recommendation for anyone needing their rating appealed or needs counsel and representation for their MEB/PEB (basically, anything related to ratings) is Jason Perry. He is a former JAG Attorney who now runs the website. Here is his contact page: (Please note: Mr. Perry is not advertising as a pro-bono attorney. He is affordable, so if your case is not taken on a pro-bono basis you are still receiving excellent representation at a great value)

From his website:

I am a former active duty Judge Advocate who served as a Soldiers’ Counsel at the Texas Physical Evaluation Board. In that position, I represented more than 200 Soldiers at formal hearings with impressive results. In addition to representing Soldiers, I was responsible for training new attorneys assigned to the PEB. Prior to that assignment, I served as a Senior Trial Counsel and later as a military magistrate. After I left the Army, I decided to continue to practice in the area of military disability law. I also volunteer pro bono on veteran’s appeals cases.


Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC

From their website:

Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC is a law firm located in Michigan. We have a national practice representing veterans from across the country. This representation occurs at the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals and regional offices. We have helped veterans collect over $10,000,000 in retro and future benefits.


The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program

From their website:

The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program (Pro Bono Program) was created in 1992, with a dual mission: to provide assistance to unrepresented veterans or their family members who have filed appeals at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (Court); and to recruit and train attorneys in the then fledgling field of veterans’ law.

Each appellant who requests Pro Bono Program assistance receives a thorough review of his or her appeal. An appellant whose case is not accepted by the Program receives substantive legal advice about his or her case and an explanation as to why the Pro Bono Program cannot place the appeal with a volunteer attorney.


Public Counsel Law Center:  Center for Veterans’ Advancement

From their website:

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.  CVA also manages legal clinics, including one of the largest pro bono advocacy programs in the United States.


Veteran Justice Advocate Program (VJAP)

From their website:

Veteran Justice Advocate Program (VJAP) is a non-profit organization established in 2012 by a veteran wanting to make the future different for other veterans. VJAP’s mission is to help U.S. veterans and active service military personnel who find themselves in need of legal assistance. As any veteran will tell you, the civilian world is very different from the military experience, and some transition skills are needed to help ease the veteran from one environment to the other.

In addition to legal representation by attorneys experienced in defending veterans in criminal courts, you will work directly with another veteran who will act as a liaison between the court and Veterans Administration to facilitate proper adherence to orders, treatment, mentoring, and advocacy.

Representatives from Veteran Justice Advocate Program work with the court system as advocates for veterans, and act as a liaison between the court and the veteran. We also facilitate channels of treatment within the VA system in order to properly address the unique veteran issues of PTSD, long deployments, and other service-connected depression and anger. It is becoming more widely recognized that these issues, in many cases, lead to the criminal court system and, even worse, jail or prison time.

VJAP recognizes there is a huge gap in the court system between what our veterans need and what they are getting, and we are working to bridge that gap. We will work with you to help solve your problems by assigning you a mentor/advocate/veteran, in addition to the attorney who will handle your case, to properly advocate course of treatment and court-ordered sentencing with all the respect our fighting men and women deserve.


Legal Aid Services by State:


Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry (CLAM)
Catholic Charities Veterans Advocacy Project.

(Another program, though specific to Missouri):


National Association of Consumer Advocates:

(Not a pro-bono program, though each attorney may take  your case under consideration)

(Please note, this is not specific to veterans, but a nationwide program for consumer advocacy issues, including military consumer issues.)

From their website:

The National Association of Consumer Advocates is a nationwide organization of more than 1,500 attorneys who represent and have represented hundreds of thousands of consumers victimized by fraudulent, abusive and predatory business practices.


List of JAG attorneys (Active Duty Only – Veterans are not qualified):


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  1. Vanessa says

    It is nice to know that there are people and organizations that are willing to lend our heroes a hand in battling their legal concerns.

  2. Kevin says

    I am proud to say that my nephew is one of the products of The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, learning from them all there is in the veteran’s law. He is now one of their volunteer attorneys.

  3. Martin says

    I am happy to know that we have lawyers who are there for our veterans. Maybe some of them were former men in uniform so they readily relate to the legal problems a soldier may face.

  4. clay harding says

    my military pension was terminated 2 years ago. I’ve searched and researched countless military offices and contacted many DFAS reps.I’ve contacted by mail local congessmen. I’ve contacted my former military HR/retirements sergeant. Not one person is able to answer why I no longer receive benefits. Now you know my only option, after 2 years without income, 2 years of depression. Even you won’t be able to locate an answer why I am not in the military’s system!

    • says

      First off, thank you for your service. I am so sorry you had this happen. How strange!

      Were you ever given any correspondence about the terminated pay prior to it ending? What era veteran are you?

      Have you contacted any veteran service organizations yet to see if they may be able to help, or any of the legal sources in this post? If it were me, I would contact the Office of the Inspector General to do an investigation. Provide as much evidence as you can in support of your issue.

      Let me know which branch you served in and I can get some contact info to the correct IG you’d need to reach.

      DFAS is about as helpful as … well, nothing.

      Thanks for sharing your situation. I hope this post or my response is helpful in some way. Just let me know the info above and I’ll do my best to help further. You may email me privately if you don’t wish to put it in the comments here. (


  5. says

    veteran needs legal help for civil suit against census bureau/wrongful termination,sexual harrassment,due process,mental abuse,stress,retaliation for filing complaint withEEO.Can anyone help me?

  6. says

    court wants me to get attorneyrep but everyone turns me down because of lenghty timeframe,pro bono programs will not touch this,do you know best option for sucess

  7. justin says

    Im looking for a custody lawyer i am 70% woth ptsd and tbis my ex rouge has used this for a long time to keep my young son away from from me and I done everything i could try and change thus civily but she just won’t. I just don’t have enough money to hire lawyer can anyone help?

  8. says

    Hey Torrey, thanks so much for this list, it’s nice to see some helpful resources for veterans. And thank you to your husband for serving as well. Is there a particular program above that you recommend or do they all have their pros?

    • says

      Thank you for your kind words. To answer your question, they all have their purposes. I like to give choices so I am not recommending one over another, as it is really up to the individual and their needs. I let the reader make that choice.

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