Connecticut Veterans Legal Center

Serves veterans. Based in West Haven, CT (near New Haven).
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Primary geographic focus: Connecticut
Organization type(s): Provider
Tags: Veterans



Connecticut at forefront of ending veteran homelessness

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn), Margaret Middleton
New Haven Register
November 10, 2015
Connecticut Veterans Legal Center pioneered the concept of on-site legal clinics within the VA and proved its success. Now we must work to expand similar medical-legal partnerships nationwide.


One reason so many veterans are homeless? They can’t afford lawyers.

Martha Bergmark, Ellen Lawton
Washington Post
July 8, 2016
New research shows that vets are losing their homes and missing out on crucial benefits because they lack legal aid. Medical-legal partnerships and other civil legal-aid interventions for veterans show the promise of a holistic approach to veterans care.

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Hamden, Connecticut Military Sex Assault Survivor Fights Discharge Status

Peggy McCarthy
WNPR (Hartford, CT)
July 19, 2016
Cruz was one of some 20,000 sexual assault victims in the military in 2014.

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Connecticut groups to help PTSD vets upgrade ‘bad paper’ discharges

Peggy McCarthy
New Haven Register
November 16, 2016
Frustrated by Pentagon efforts, Connecticut groups that work with veterans have informed some 1,500 veterans that they can apply for upgrades of “bad paper” military discharge statuses if they have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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Free legal help for Connecticut veterans

Mark Davis
WTNH (New Haven)
November 10, 2017
Just in time for Veterans Day, the “Connecticut Veterans Legal Center,” which has been operating out of the V-A in West Haven, is expanding to serve vets in Hartford County.

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Veterans Day App Launch, Ceremonies, Parades

Sandra Gomez-Aceves
Hartford Courant
November 10, 2017
The legal center, which will be inside the Newington VA Medical Center, “is the country’s first VA medical-legal partnership working to help veterans overcome legal barriers to housing, healthcare and income,” a spokesperson from Murphy’s office said.

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Study: Integrating Legal Aid With Medical Care Improves Veterans’ Lives

Peggy McCarthy
Hartford Courant
December 5, 2017
Veterans’ mental health and housing improved when they accessed free legal services in a Veterans Affairs facility, according to a study of veterans in Connecticut and New York City.


Congress must act to bring civil legal aid to every homeless and struggling veteran who needs it in 2018

Margaret Middleton
Fox News
February 1, 2018
According to a recent study in Health Affairs, this legal aid improves health outcomes for this vulnerable minority of American veterans. Congress should act quickly to pass the bill so all veterans get the care they deserve.

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Vets receiving help with legal issues have improved mental health, less homelessness

Julia Bergman
February 11, 2018
Proposed legislation in Congress would allow the VA to further study the broader impact of these partnerships.

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Veterans With ‘Bad Paper’ Discharges Now Eligible For Mental Health Services

Peggy McCarthy
Hartford Courant
March 27, 2018
A new federal law will allow hundreds of Connecticut veterans with “bad paper” discharges to be eligible for long-term mental health care for the first time, and thus reduce their suicide risk.


Senators, ask Dr. Ronny Jackson about civil legal aid for homeless vets

Hill, The
April 24, 2018
As someone who works with vulnerable veterans every day, I’m concerned that amid all the controversial issues sure to arise at his hearing a little-known but highly effective tool for veterans’ well-being will be omitted: civil legal aid.

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Connecticut Veterans Legal Center, pro bono attorneys work to aid veterans who are struggling

David Owens
Hartford Courant
May 27, 2019
The Hartford County Bar Association is recognizing a Connecticut law firm for its eight years of work on behalf of low-income veterans who struggle with mental illness and other issues linked to their military service.

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June 14: CT Veteran’s Healthcare Issues

June 14, 2014
Stan Simpson talks with Margaret Middleton and John Kelley about the VA scandal and how it affects Connecticut veterans.


Legal Aid Can Slice Through Veterans’ Benefits Backlog

Margaret Middleton, Timothy D. Bleasdale
Hartford Courant
June 6, 2014
Oped by director and volunteer at the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center about how civil legal aid helps veterans receive the lifesaving benefits they deserve.

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