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National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP)

The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) is an independent nonprofit organization that has worked since 1981 to ensure that the government delivers to our nation's 22 million veterans and active duty personnel the benefits to which they are entitled because of disabilities resulting from their military service to our country.

NVLSP recruits, trains, and assists thousands of lawyer and non-lawyer advocates who provide free legal representation to veterans and active duty military personnel . NVLSP's Veterans Benefits Manual, the comprehensive treatise on veterans law, empowers veterans, current service members, their families, and their advocates to obtain the benefits they're entitled to by clearly outlining their rights under the law. NVLSP provides free representation through its Lawyers Serving Warriors® (LSW) pro bono program. LSW offers free legal help to veterans and service members on a number of benefits issues; cases are placed with volunteer attorneys from law firms and corporate legal departments nationwide.

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Lawyers Serving Warriors® (LSW) Program

NVLSP's Lawyers Serving Warriors® program offers pro bono (that is, free) legal help with disability issues to veterans from all eras. Our current pro bono initiatives are to assist veterans with the following types of disability claims:

  • Assistance with Discharge Upgrades for Veterans from All Eras

  • Applications for Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC)

  • Applications to Boards for Correction of Military Records (BCMRs) for veterans who were wrongfully discharged for personality disorder or adjustment disorder

  • Applications to Boards for Correction of Military Records (BCMRs) for veterans who wish to obtain disability retirement

  • Assistance with VA claims for Mental Health and/or Physical Condition(s) including PTSD due to military sexual trauma (MST)

  • Applications to the Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) for an increase in the military disability rating to attain a permanent disability retirement

  • Representation to service members being processed through the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES)

To learn more about NVLSP's Lawyers Serving Warriors® program, go to  

Law Help California

Law Help California provides low-income Californians with easy online access to basic legal resources and attorney information. Law Help California doesn't provide direct legal services. Law Help California is a collaborative project with policy oversight from the CalJustice Advisory Committee and assistance from advocates at legal aid programs throughout the state. For more information, please visit

California Courts Self-Help Center

This California Courts Online Self-Help Center helps you in seeking assistance and information when representing yourself in some legal matters. This site can help you understand what happens at court. You will learn about court procedures, find forms, and links to other important resources. The Self-Help Center of the Judicial Council can be accessed at

For information about help with your mortgage, see Housing-Supportive-Services.

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