Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) has received an $18,000 grant from the Hoag Community Benefit Grant Program to expand its strategic outreach with new Women Veterans Legal Clinics.
This Hoag Community Benefit grant allows VLI to better serve women veterans, who are the fastest growing group of veterans in California that are returning daily from Iraq and Afghanistan. The goal of the Women Veterans Free Legal Clinics is to increase the quantity and quality of pro bono legal services for women veterans in need, with particular support for victims of military sexual trauma, so they can empower their civilian lives through mental and physical health care treatment.
Given unique and significant issues, such as traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, VLI already reaches out with mobile free legal clinics strategically located at veteran hot spots. Locations include: the VA Hospital Long Beach, Saddleback College, the North County Vets Center, Starbucks located right next to Santa Ana’s homeless quarter, the City of Mission Viejo, and the Orange County Veterans Service Office. Also, VLI hosts monthly Family Law clinics in the office for this growing issue. Now, with the generous support of Hoag Community Benefit, an additional free monthly clinic for women veterans in the VLI office is possible.
“Hoag Community Benefit is excited about this new partnership and the wonderful services that Veterans Legal Institute offers women veterans and their families,” Michaell Rose, director of operations of community health at Hoag.
According to President and Co-Founder Antoinette Balta, Esq., LLM, “The Hoag Community Benefit Grant Program is allowing VLI to expand access to reliable physical and mental health care for those women veterans most at risk of depression and suicide. VLI is proud to partner with Hoag Community Benefit to increase the quality of life and self-sufficiency for our women veterans and military families.”
Since its founding in 2014, VLI has received an overwhelming 4,000 inquiries, served over 2,000 veterans, and restored over $1 M in veterans benefits — all without charge, one veteran and military family at a time.
VLI is a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm in Santa Ana, California that provides pro bono legal assistance to current and former US service members who are homeless, at risk, disabled, and low income to eradicate barriers to housing, healthcare, education, employment, and to foster self-sufficiency. VLI is among the very few military specific nonprofit organizations of its kind in the United States. It is uniquely positioned to serve the veteran community with the majority of its staff having military experience and personal understanding of the foundational issues that cause barriers to a successful transition to civilian life. Also, VLI advocates for veterans through community education and policy advocacy to increase awareness, resources, and overall protections.
VLI is accepting donations to continue and expand our free veteran legal clinics. For more information on VLI and veteran resources, please visit us at www.vetslegal.com or call 714.852.3492.
This article was released by the Veterans Legal Institute.