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About the Initiative

The Veterans Legal Initiative was established in 2008 by the Houston Bar Association, Houston Bar Foundation and Houston Volunteer Lawyers. The program provides free legal advice and legal representation to U.S. veterans. Any veteran, or spouse of a deceased veteran, can get advice and counsel at one of the clinics offered by the VLI at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center or at one of the community clinics. Low-income veterans who need further legal representation in civil matters and meet eligibility guidelines can be assigned a pro bono attorney through the Houston Volunteer Lawyers, a public service of the Houston Bar Association.

To date, the program has served over 8,000 veterans with advice and counsel and/or legal representation. More than 450 attorneys have volunteered to assist with the Veterans’ Legal Initiative.

The VLI is now part of a coalition of bar associations in 17 Texas counties that provides free legal advice clinics and legal representation to veterans through clinics scheduled periodically in the following counties: Bell, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, McLennan, Montgomery, Orange, San Jacinto, Travis Walker and Waller.

If you are a veteran with a question about legal services, contact:
Andrew Lehmann
Staff Attorney, VLI
713-333-VETS (8387) or Andrew.Lehmann@hvlp.org

The Veterans Legal Initiative is made possible by grants from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, the Texas Bar Foundation, the Houston Bar Foundation, and the United Way of Greater Houston Veterans Services Pilot Project.

Free Friday Clinics at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Every Friday, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., 2002 Holcombe, Houston, TX 77030
First Floor, near the Emergency Room Entrance
No appointment necessary

Upcoming Free Saturday Clinics

Saturday clinics are from 9:00 a.m. to noon, unless otherwise noted, and no appointment is necessary.

Aug. 2: Bryan, American Legion – Earl Graham Post 159, 101 Waco St., 77803 (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

Sept. 13: Galveston (Location TBD)

Resources for Veterans

HBA Office

Houston Bar Association
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