About the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP)
As the voice of veterans’ rights for the last 25 years, the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) works to ensure that the U.S. government keeps its pact with our nation’s 25 million veterans. NVLSP is an independent nonprofit veterans service organization that has assisted veterans and their advocates since 1980.
As a conduit for change against unfair government practices, NVLSP has been instrumental in the passage of landmark veterans’ rights legislation. Lawsuits brought by NVLSP attorneys have forced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits to veterans and their families.
NVLSP recruits, trains, and assists thousands of volunteer lawyers and veterans’ advocates. Our publications empower veterans, their families, and their advocates to obtain the benefits they’re entitled to by clearly outlining their rights under the law.
In 2008, NVLSP launched the Lawyers Serving Warriors® program, offering pro-bono legal help to veterans serving in Iraq and Afghanistan facing administrative separation, going through a mental evaluation board or physical evaluation board, received an inappropriate discharge characterization, filed a claim with the VA for disability compensation, or having difficulty with a claim under Traumatic Servicemembers Life Insurance.
Three veterans assisted by the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) talk about their experiences and how this nonprofit legal advocacy organizations helped them. Two disabled Vietnam veterans discuss how sick they became after being exposed to Agent Orange while in the military and how NVLSP helped them finally receive the VA disability benefits they are entitled to, thanks to the Nehmer class action lawsuit that NVLSP filed and monitors to this day. A Special Forces soldier who served multiple tours in Iraq admits that he was pessimistic about how his benefits case would turn out, and was surprised by the positive outcome NVLSP attorneys won. All of NVLSP’s legal assistance to veterans and their families is provided free of charge.
Veterans Independence Project (V.I.P.) is a 501(c),(3) and will provide needed help to the “Homeless Heroes” who are now adapting to basic life after military service with training to equip them with job skills while living in a supportive environment.
Nationwide the number of homeless veterans is at 57,848. An increased number of younger veterans, both men and women, some with families are becoming homeless at rates faster of their Vietnam counterparts. California is home to nearly 2 million veterans, California has more homeless veterans than any other state. Roughly 25% of the nation homeless veterans, approximately 14,464 live in California. In 2013, the San Diego Region had 2,468 homeless veterans. In the City of San Diego there are 798 were living in shelters and 688 were living on the streets. According to data released by the Veterans Administration, 1,486 homeless are living in the City of San Diego.
Veterans Independence Project, established its mission to help the veterans in three ways;
1. To provide permanent, affordable, and supportive housing.
2. Enroll them in community college with the purpose of earning an Associate Degree that will provide career options.
3. Provide them with long-term employment through our entrepreneurial program.
The entrepreneurial program will provide the veteran with the fundamentals, theories and the processes of business. The veterans will develop their business plan and utilizing their college business studies will launch their business enterprise. Veterans Independence Project believes that self-employment through education is key for the success of the veteran, instilling value, accomplishment, confidence and financial stability to assist them to integrate into the communities providing good and services.