Veterans and Military Families Unit

Veterans and Military Families Unit

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley believes that those who have served our country deserve equal access to justice at home.

We recognize that veterans, especially women and those who have recently returned from duty, face a broad and unique set of legal problems. Often this is the result of experiences they had while serving which created physical or mental health challenges in civilian life.

For that reason, we designed our Veterans & Military Families Unit as a general practice, which we opened in 2012, encompassing all of our disciplines. It is staffed by attorneys who understand and respect military culture.

This unit works holistically to protect veterans and their family members from homelessness, address barriers to employment, and gain or preserve economic stability.

Veterans with an honorable or general discharge are entitled to disability compensation, pension programs, free or low-cost medical care, and education support. Navigating those benefits can be confusing and overwhelming.

There are also veterans who are not entitled to those benefits because their discharge status is less than honorable, yet a lawyer may be able to get their status changed to secure the benefits they need and protect their legal rights.

LSHV’s Staff Attorneys navigate the complex systems of resources and benefits to which veterans are entitled. Veterans who receive their medical care at VA Medical Centers, as well as veterans who choose to use public hospitals, can greatly benefit from our services.

LSHV help veterans or their family members with the following issues:

Military Specific

Our staff attorneys assist with applying for Veterans Benefits and represent clients before the Board of Veterans Appeals or in federal court if benefits are wrongly denied. We represent individuals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and other traumas or injuries in filing disability claims.

Basic Needs

Public Benefits

Future Planning

Advocacy on Behalf of Individuals with Disabilities

Consumer Law

Employment

Family Law

Health