Center for Veterans' Advancement

Veteran's benefits can greatly improve the lives of the men and women who served our country.  Veterans who have access to VA benefits, medical care, supportive and legal services enjoy a lower incarceration rate, greater health, security and an over-all increase in their quality of life.  However, while veterans often wait years for their VA benefits to wend through the adjudication process, many succumb to the ravages of homelessness or poverty. 

Public Counsel's Center for Veterans' Advancement (CVA), a national leader in veteran's advocacy, provides direct representation, or representation through pro bono partners, to veterans and their families.  CVA provides legal representation at both the local and national levels, and coordinates its work with efforts underway to establish special "Veterans' Courts" in Northern and Southern California designed to meet the unique needs of returning veterans.  CVA also manages legal clinics, including one of the largest pro bono advocacy programs in the United States.

CVA is driven by its core principle to "uphold our nation's promise to veterans and their families." CVA meets this core mission through:  

  • stabilizing the living situation of veterans and their families;

  • securing government benefits, including, but not limited to, VA, SSI, General Relief, & medical benefits;

  • providing veterans with needed legal representation to overcome the burdens veterans may face in procuring employment, housing, medical care and/or supportive services;

  • effecting systemic change within local, state, and governmental agencies in order to overcome or escape homelessness, poverty, or loss of quality of life among veterans;

  • providing local and national training in the area of VA adjudication and representation; and

  • providing effective legal representation before select state & federal courts, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.


This program is made possible in part by grants from the Carl and Roberta Deutsch Foundation and the Salvation Army