Center for Veterans AdvancementPublic 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
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The Center for Veterans Advancement is driven by its core principle to uphold our nation's promise to veterans and their families. We meet our mission through stabilizing the living situation of veterans and their families, securing government benefits, and providing veterans with needed legal representation. Click here to get our 2010 Advocacy Report (pdf).
- Get Public Counsel's 2011-2012 Annual Report More cases, more impact, more amazing stories. Get the full story in Public Counsel's 2011-2012 Annual Report.
- 'We Are Public Counsel': Snapshots from the 2011 Pro Bono Awards Public Counsel celebrates the attorneys and professionals who helped us provide free legal help and change thousands of lives. "Our honorees are talented attorneys and professionals and they are making our city and nation a better place to live," said President and CEO Hernan Vera.
- How a Faster Bus Could Help Change Los Angeles Veterans' Lives For homeless veterans in Los Angeles, the 720 bus down Wilshire Boulevard isn't just transportation, it's a lifeline between the shelters of Skid Row and the hope of recovery. A plan to create a bus-only lane could speed travel times not just for hundreds of veterans, but for 80,000 other people who ride the 720 every day.
- Public Counsel and The Salvation Army Team Up to Tackle Veterans' Legal Needs Two powerful voices for America's veterans have teamed up to help clear away legal hurdles facing homeless veterans. Public Counsel and The Salvation Army announced a breakthrough partnership that will bring in-person legal services to hundreds of veterans and their families that The Salvation Army serves throughout the Los Angeles area.
- Traumatic Brain Injury Affects Veteran's Life Back at Home Jason is a veteran of the Iraq War and has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Because of his injuries, Jason was unable to keep a job. His legal and financial difficulties were keeping him from moving forward with his life. Public Counsel advocated to increase his disability compensation three-fold.
- Getting a Veteran Back to Work Alvin Meitzenheimer, a Vietnam War-era veteran, faced losing his livelihood when his tools were stolen from an employer's worksite. Public Counsel's volunteer attorneys helped obtain compensation to replace the tools.
- Public Counsel Launches Major Initiative to Help Hollywood's Homeless Veterans Public Counsel announces a major initiative to assist homeless veterans with legal issues preventing them from finding a home or a job. The three-year project is funded through generous support from Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti, Aileen Getty, and the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of California.
- Veteran's Advocacy Project Works to Stem the Tide of Homelessness It is estimated that on any given night there are approximately 154,000 homeless veterans living in the streets of America
- Daily Journal: Litigators take up the fight for state court funds Public Counsel is part of a major new effort to protect California courts from cuts that hurt the public.
- OnCentral: How a Westside bus plan could change veterans' lives downtown For homeless veterans in Los Angeles, the 720 bus down Wilshire Boulevard isn't just transportation, it's a lifeline between the shelters of Skid Row and the hope of recovery. Now a proposal to put a bus-only lane could speed travel times not just for hundreds of veterans, but for 80,000 other people who ride the 720 every day. Read a column from Public Counsel's Rick Little as the MTA Board and city get ready to vote on the new bus plan.
- LA Times: Federal cuts in national service programs could be costly in California At stake is more than $100 million for groups that build affordable homes, mentor youth, care for the elderly, teach in under-resourced schools and provide other services to some of California's neediest families.
- Daily Journal: Operation Iraqi Freedom Is Not Over for Veterans Public Counsel's president writes in the Daily Journal that thousands of veterans are set to return from Iraq. Will they be provided with vital services to effectively reintegrate into society?
- Veterans Get Specialized Courts Orange County Judge Wendy Lindley runs one of the few special courts for veterans, striving to ensure veterans get into and stay involved in psychological and substance-abuse treatment, find housing and obtain education.
- Working Towards a Sensible Justice System The Veterans HALO clinic launched on June 16 with lawyers working together with a host of nonprofits to help homeless veterans resolve their legal problems, writes Paul Freese of Public Counsel.
- Backlog of VA disability claims grows despite effort to trim WASHINGTON Although the Obama administration has stepped up efforts to process medical disability claims by U.S. veterans, a top Department of Veterans Affairs official is set to tell lawmakers Wednesday that the agency's backlog continues to grow.
- 2010 Advocacy Report "Upholding Our Nation's Promise to Veterans and Their Families"
- Helping Veterans Overcome Homelessness Clearinghouse Review Journal of Poverty Law & Policy--October 2009
- CVA Responds to RIN 2900-AN94 VA Caregivers Program--Interim Final Rule
- Recommendations for Enhancement of H.R. 2138 CVA Recommends Enhancement to H.R. 2138 - Services, Education, and Rehabilitation for Veterans ("SERV") Act.
- Substitution in Case of Death of Claimant CVA's Response to RIN-2900-AN91
- Current Trends and Practical Approaches Overcoming Barriers To Employment For Veterans
- CVA Supports Senator Boxer in Trademarking "G.I. Bill " CVA Supports Senator Boxer in Trademarking "G.I. Bill "
- Center for Veterans Advancement responds to RIN 2900-AO32 The Center for Veterans Advancement responds to the Department of Veteran Affairs's proposal to restrict benefits to Veterans with Peripheral Neuropathy
- Overcoming Barriers To Employment for Vetersan: Current Trends and Practical Approaches This program model allows veterans to provide a reticent employer with needed leadership, adaptability, and team-building skills and helps dispel the employer’s fear that veterans do not make good employees.
- Training: Handling Traffic Tickets Training: Handling Traffic Tickets
- Military Children's Resources A Web Guide of Toolkits/Resources Supporting the Socio-Emotional Needs of Military Connected Children and their Families
- Housing Resources Homeless Veteran Programs in Los Angeles Continuum of Care.
- Filipino Veterans Table of VA Benefits for Filipino Veterans- See also C.F.R. 38 Sections 17.39, 3.41 & 3.42 (2010)
- Filipino Veterans Benefits for Survivors of Filipino Veterans
- Final Rule--Gulf War Presumptive Gastrointestinal Disorders Presumptive Service Connection for Diseases Associated With Service in the Southwest Asia Theater ofOperations During the Persian Gulf War: Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.
- USC Research Team Seeks Friends and Family of Military Service Members and Veterans USC Research Team Seeks Friends and Family of Military Service Members and Veterans