Center for Veterans' Advancement

Public Counsel's Center for Veterans' Advancement (CVA), a national leader in veterans' advocacy, is driven by its core mission to uphold our nation's promise to veterans and their families. CVA provides legal representation to veterans and their families at both the local and national levels. Read More

Contact Information

We assist low income veterans and their caregivers with VA Benefits claims and Discharge Upgrades. We prioritize the following types of cases:

  • Discharge Upgrades for veterans who have:
    • A service-related mental health condition including PTSD
    • A service-related Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Experienced sexual assault and/or sexual harassment in service
  • VA Benefits and healthcare eligibility for veterans with less than honorable discharges
  • VA Service-Connected Disability Compensation claims for mental health conditions including PTSD and for those who experienced military sexual trauma
  • DD-214 corrections for transgender veterans and those separated under 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

We encourage you to call our national hotline to complete an initial intake with our staff:

  • For Veterans, please call (213) 385-2977 x301
  • For Caregivers, please call (213) 385-2977 x 302

In addition, for veterans living in the Los Angeles area, we may also be able to assist with the following legal issues:

  • California tickets and expungements
  • Wills, trusts, and/or powers of attorney
  • Social Security Benefits appeals
  • Bankruptcy, collections, loan and credit issues