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San Antonio Bar Association Veterans Assistance Programs
The Community Justice Program, the pro bono project of the San Antonio Bar Association, organizes free legal advice programs for veterans and their dependents.
Legal advice is available for most civil law matters, including assistance in the following areas: divorce, child support, custody, consumer, contracts, wills, estate planning, guardianship, probate, housing, landlord/tenant and bankruptcy.
Free Legal Advice Clinics
CJP Veterans Legal Advice Clinic- Monthly clinics are held on the second Friday of each month at the Audie Murphy VA Hospital from 1pm - 4pm. No appointments or reservations are needed. Attorney volunteers provide brief legal advice to qualifying participants. This program is funded by a generous grant from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation.
Click here for information on the Veterans Legal Advice Clinics, held in the recreation room at the Audie Murphy VA Hospital located at 7400 Merton Minter, San Antonio, TX 78229.
Other Legal Assistance
Qualifying veterans and their dependents may be eligible for additional legal assistance, to include full representation. To qualify, every veteran must complete an intake application at one of our Veterans Legal Advice Clinics. Veterans who are unable to attend may call (210) 227-8826 to see if they qualify.
Lawyer Referral Service
Lawyer Referral Service- If you are a veteran seeking assistance for legal matters and do not qualify for free legal services, call the Lawyer Referral Service at (210) 227-1853.
Other Local Resources
Texas Veterans Commission- Do you have a question about your benefits or discharge? Contact Benefits Counselor Art Swezey at (210) 617-5175 for more information.
Texas Legal Services Hotline for Veterans- Low-income veterans and their families may be eligible to receive referrals to and/or legal advice from a licensed attorney. (800) 622-2520, Option 2
Veterans Treatment Court- For criminal cases only: (210) 335-2156
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid- Local veterans program providing advice and services to veterans with limited income. For more information, call (210) 212-3700.
Texas Legal Services Center- This is a state veterans program. For more information, call (512) 477-6000.
Financial Aid Guide for Military Service Members- This guide from AffordableColleges.com provides information on financial aid opportunities for veterans, active duty military students and their families. The guide covers three of the most critical issues for students:
A handpicked list of 70+ scholarships for veterans and active duty service members
How to fill out FAFSA as a veteran and maximize your federal financial aid package
A breakdown of the most common benefits available to veterans
To access the guide, click here.
PTSD and Legal System Guide- This guide provides information to help manage post-traumatic stress disorder, identifies possible triggers within the legal process, offers coping strategies and has a resource list for treatment. The services are provided by The Texas Civil Rights Project’s Justice for Veterans Campaign with funding from the Texas Bar Foundation. To access the guide, click here.
Alcoholism in Veterans- The Alcohol Addiction Center provides a guide to understanding alcohol use disorder and resources for veterans struggling with alcohol abuse.