Veterans Legal Initiative


HBA Veterans Legal Initiative
HBA Veterans Legal Initiative


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. The Veterans Legal Initiative is made possible by grants from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, the Houston Bar Foundation, and the Texas Veterans Commission.

To date, the program has served over 20,000 veterans with advice and counsel and/or legal representation. More than 400 attorneys have volunteered to assist with the Veterans’ Legal Initiative.

The VLI is now part of a coalition of bar associations in 18 Texas counties that provides free legal advice clinics and legal representation to veterans through clinics scheduled periodically in the following counties: Bell, Brazoria, Brazos, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, McLennan, Montgomery, Orange, San Jacinto, Travis, Walker and Waller.

While in-person clinics at the DeBakey VA Medical Center and the VA Outpatient Clinics are unavailable at this time, please visit the HBA's Houston Volunteer Lawyers website,, to apply online for virtual clinics and pro bono services.



Watch "Basics of Representing Veterans Before the Veterans Administration." This four-hour CLE webinar qualifies for VA accreditation to represent veteran appeals, as required in 38 C.F.R Section 14.629 (b)(1)(iii). The program also includes presentations on discharge upgrades and Harris County Veterans Treatment Court.

Please consider taking a pro bono case for a low-income U.S. veteran who needs your help. To access the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Portal and view available cases, visit

CLE course number 174090720. Co-sponsored by Houston Volunteer Lawyers, The Beacon, South Texas College of Law Houston, Lone Star Legal Aid, Legal Services Corporation, Texas Access to Justice Foundation, Bob Woodruff Foundation, Qatar Harvey Fund, and the Texas Veterans Commission.



If you are a veteran with a question about legal services, contact:
Robert Morales
Staff Attorney, VLI
713-333-VETS (8387) or



Legal professionals, click here to sign up as a volunteer with the Veterans Legal Initiative.




Resources for Veterans

Veterans Benefits

Health Care

  • Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center –, (713) 791-1414 or 1 (800) 553-2278

Crisis Intervention and Mental Health


  • U.S. Vets at Midtown Terrace Residential Assistance –, (832) 203-1626
  • DeGeorge SRO at Union Station – (713) 224-1418


  • Veterans Employment Training Service –, 1 (866) 4-USA-DOL (87-2365)
  • Workforce Solutions –, 1 (888) 469-JOBS (5627)
  • Texas Veterans Commission –, (713) 383-2756


  • Houston Metro –, (713) 635-4000
  • EZ Tag/Harris County Toll Road Authority –, (281) 875-EASY (3279) for customer service or (281) 584-7500 for roadside assistance


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