Want to make a real difference for struggling vets? Ensure access to legal aid

Far too often, veterans do not know their rights and don’t get the help they need. Low-income veterans and other military personnel received inadequate or no professional legal help for 88 percent of their civil legal problems in 2017.


Alicia McCormick
Navy Times
August 6, 2017

Tags: Veterans

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC), Northwest Justice Project (NJP) (WA)


As a legal aid lawyer, I work with veterans every single day.

I see them struggle to get benefits they have earned through service to their country. I see their court battles to keep their homes and livelihoods. As a veteran myself, I’m deeply saddened to see how often the scales of justice are tipped against them.

For the veterans I see, the legal problems they must address threaten basic human needs — keeping roofs over their heads, paying for groceries and other necessities, and receiving necessary medical treatment.