Civil legal aid can help homeless veterans

A new report from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs shows that homeless veterans across the country could benefit from the help of a lawyer.

Op-Ed (Illinois)

Mike O’Connor
Rockford Register Star (Illinois)
August 11, 2018

Tags: Housing: Homelessness, Veterans

Organizations mentioned/involved: Prairie State Legal Services (northern Illinois)


Since its launch last year, the entire IL-AFLAN statewide network has provided civil legal aid, ranging from brief advice to extended courtroom representation, to over 2,000 veterans and service members. Many of the legal problems veterans face are directly tied to economic, family, and housing stability. Legal help prevents small problems from becoming big problems, and help people move back from the brink of losing a home, their economic livelihood, or family stability.

Civil legal aid can help prevent and decrease veteran homelessness. Attorneys who want to help can volunteer with PILI, where they will receive support, guidance, and malpractice insurance.