Veterans Legal Institute
Virtual Veterans Pro Bono Legal Clinics
Southern California has been the epicenter of COVID-19 outbreak on the west coast. A Bloomberg article from March 2021 identified the Los Angeles metro area as among the cities where life has been hardest for residents. Recognizing early that the pandemic would change the way business needs to conducted, Veterans Legal Institute turned all in-person operations to remote overnight so free legal aid could continue without interruption. Their foresight allowed them to continue to meet the needs of their veteran clients who are facing legal issues threatening their ability to remain housed, access public resources including healthcare and income, and work due to barriers affecting their employability. This BWF grant will support virtual clinics that provide legal services to remove barriers to housing, employment, education, and healthcare.