Supporting veterans and their families through equal access to justice.
The Veterans’ Legal Aid Society (VLAS) was founded to provide essential legal services for America’s veterans, surviving spouses, and families who need assistance in paying for out-of-pocket medical expenses. The VLAS aims to help those who fought for our freedom when they need it the most.
VLAS assists veterans and their families in applying for pension benefits from the Veterans Administration. Many veterans become disabled later in life, long after their military service has ended. VLAS specializes in pension benefits for nonservice-connected disabilities.
Often, seniors face daunting medical bills, nursing home expenses, assisted living charges, home caregiver fees, and prescription drug costs. For a person relying on Social Security or a modest pension, these costs often exceed his or her income. Pension benefits from the VA can provide some extra funds to help pay for these costs.
Many veterans, or their surviving spouses, are surprised to learn that they may qualify for assistance from the VA. The service requirements are 90 days of active duty service, one day of which occurred during a period of wartime, and a discharge that is other than dishonorable. Additionally, the veteran, or his spouse, needs to be incurring high out-of-pocket medical expenses due to their need for regular assistance from another person — or, has a need for that care and is unable to pay for it.