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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 1980 to ensure that the U.S. government keeps its pact with our nation's 25 million veterans and active duty personnel by providing them the federal benefits they have earned through their service to our country.

NVLSP recruits, trains, and assists thousands of lawyer and non-lawyer advocates who represent veterans and active duty military personnel for free. Their publications empower 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. To receive more information regarding this program, please visit

Lawyers Serving Warriors

Through a nationwide network of volunteer attorneys, Lawyers Serving Warriors provides free legal services to U.S. Military personnel and veterans who have served in OIF or OEF in the following situations if:

  • The veteran was referred to the physical disability evaluation system. The physical disability evaluation system determines a service member's eligibility for a disability severance or retirement. Assistance of an attorney in the process can be critical to ensuring the right determination and benefits. Service members who have been referred to the physical disability evaluation system can receive free legal representation through Lawyers Serving Warriors, including assistance with Medical Evaluation Boards (MEBs) and Physical Evaluation Boards (PEBs).
  • The veteran received an inappropriate discharge or discharge characterization. A less than Honorable discharge characterization or an inappropriate discharge can result in a veteran receiving no benefits or fewer benefits than he or she deserves. Veterans with disabilities, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), who received an inappropriate discharge or discharge characterization, can receive free legal representation through Lawyers Serving Warriors. he veteran filed a claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for disability compensation. Veterans who have claims for VA disability compensation can receive free legal representation in preparing the claim and appealing an inappropriate denial of benefits from Lawyers Serving Warriors.
  • The veteran filed a Claim under the Traumatic Injury Insurance under the Service members Group Life Insurance (TSGLI). TSGLI provides a onetime lump sum payment to qualified U.S. military personnel who have suffered a traumatic injury caused by a traumatic event. Lawyers Serving Warriors will provide representation to qualified military personnel who have been denied or have difficulties with a claim under TSGLI.

To receive more information on this program, please visit

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

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