Nonprofit law firm receives $90,000 grant to assist veterans

Community Legal Aid will create the first veterans medical-legal partnership, or VMLP, in the state with a $90,000 grant from United Way of Hampshire County.

News Story (Massachusetts)

Matt Berg
Daily Hampshire Gazette
April 18, 2019

Tags: Veterans

Organizations mentioned/involved: Community Legal Aid (CLA) (Central and Western Massachusetts)


Located at the Edward P. Boland Northampton VA Medical Center, the VMLP will help low-income veterans in Hampshire County navigate the legal system. Medical-legal partnerships pair lawyers with specializations in areas such as health care and homelessness with veterans who face problems that may affect their health. Issues around hunger, financial insecurity and domestic violence are among other problems lawyers will assist veterans in navigating.

“We want to catch something in the courtroom rather than in the emergency room,” said Daniel Bahls, Community Legal Aid’s lead VMLP attorney.

Community Legal Aid, a nonprofit law firm, originally hired one attorney to specialize in veterans’ needs, but soon realized that there is a larger need for providing veterans with legal assistance.