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

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  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.