Volunteer Lawyers for Justice is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year! VLJ first opened its doors in 2001 with 30 volunteer attorneys willing to assist low-income residents of Essex County with family, consumer, housing, and family law issues. As of 2016, over a thousand attorneys have volunteered with VLJ to offer pro bono services to tens of thousands of clients statewide with a variety of civil legal matters. Last year alone, VLJ’s pro bono volunteers assisted 3,460 people and provided $1.8 million in free legal services. VLJ’s core areas of service are, advocating for veterans, aiding women, children, and families, working through financial crisis, and responding to disaster.
We owe our success over the past 15 years to all of our dedicated volunteers and the many individuals, businesses and foundations that have generously contributed to us. Thank you for your confidence in our ability to provide legal services and advocacy to and for New Jersey’s most vulnerable populations!
ARE YOU A FEMALE VETERAN?
VLJ is currently conducting a female veterans survey, with the hopes of understanding and prioritizing the legal issues faced by female veterans and servicewomen. If you are a female vet, please take a few minutes to complete our online survey here. We truly appreciate your feedback and hope we are able to design a program that best fits yours and your peers needs. Or call our office to complete over the phone with a VLJ staff member, (973)645-1955.
VLJ's Discharge Upgrade Program for Veterans Featured in Burlington County Times:
"A veterans discharge status determines what level of governmental benefits they are eligible for... it is a 'very onerous process' to get a discharge status upgraded so more benefits are available. In the case of those suffering from mental issues that resulted from their service, getting an upgraded discharge status is crucial in making sure they get the medical treatment they need." Click here to read more.
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