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The health and safety of our veterans and our community members is CVLC's top priority. CVLC staff is working with public officials to provide immediate support for veterans facing homelessness amidst this national health crisis. Please click below for veteran resources for the novel coronavirus.

Wars Don't End On The Battlefield

The mission of Connecticut Veterans Legal Center is to help veterans recovering from homelessness and mental illness overcome legal barriers to housing, healthcare and income.

CVLC Releases Report on Gender Discrimination in Nominations to Military Service Academies

Working on behalf of CVLC, the Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School examined the nominations of applicants to the U.S. military service academies, finding members of Congress nominate women to the military service academies at dramatically different rates. Favoring men at a rate of three-to-one, Congress members had a pronounced effect on the make up military leadership throughout the United States. (Updated July 26, 2019)


Attorney Howard Fetner, Day Pitney LLP, featured in CT Bar Association Spotlight for a discharge upgrade victory. Thank you Attorney Fetner for all your great work and thank you to all our volunteer attorneys who support CVLC.

CVLC Leads National Discharge Upgrade Project

CVLC is proud to announces a new partnership with Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School to significantly expand the field of veteran law. Together we are  creating a comprehensive Discharge Upgrade Practice Manual for veteran advocates and an online, searchable Department of Defense decision interface. This national initiative is funded by the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

Join us for The Ride For Our Vets 2020 on June 13th, 2020!

Registration opens on February 10th, 2020. Sign up and help make a difference in a veteran's life today.

Get Involved

CVLC is always looking for passionate volunteers to take cases, help with fundraising, and more! See how your volunteer work can make a difference in the lives of Connecticut's Veterans.


CT Veterans Legal Center is an independent nonprofit.  Our work is made possible through the generosity of many corporations, foundations and individuals. For every dollar donated to CVLC, $15 in income, reduced debt, or health benefits is generated for a veteran. 

Mark your calendars for Saluting Service 2020!

We hope you'll join us in celebrating veteran victories by joining us on November 12th, 2020.

Our Mission

The mission of Connecticut Veterans Legal Center is to help veterans recovering from homelessness and mental illness overcome legal barriers to housing, healthcare and income. Listen to Suzanne and Leonard tell their stories.


legal help strengthens veterans in recovery.

Individual Veterans Served
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“It’s like having the USS Enterprise with a couple of battleships watching my back.

I know that CVLC has got me. I’m very grateful for that.”

Ralph Clyburn

Veteran, CVLC Client


Latest News and Events

A Gathering Storm Threatens the Future of Legal Aid

By CVLC | April 3, 2020

As funding dries up, a flood of legal needs is beginning to build, and it will soon spill over into Connecticut courts. By Liam Brennan, CVLC Executive Director As COVID-19 patients begin to fill the beds of hospitals, Connecticut’s courts—like most professions in the state—have gone silent. But a legal storm is brewing in the…

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American Bar Endowment (ABE) grant will help expand Veteran Law training materials nationally 

By CVLC | March 26, 2020

Too many servicewomen and men who protect our country return to civilian life only to find they lack protection—or even access to basic care—for their service injuries. An alarming number of veterans struggle with PTSD, addiction, depression, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other invisible wounds. More than 272,000 post‐9/11 veterans have received less than honorable…

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CVLC Pro Bono Attorney wins The Honorable Anthony V. DeMayo Pro Bono Award

By CVLC | March 10, 2020

CVLC proudly nominated Attorney Mark Healey for The Honorable Anthony V. DeMayo Pro Bono Award for his outstanding commitment to serving CT veterans. When clients are at risk for homelessness, keeping them housed is often key to keeping them in recovery. To keep clients housed, we often need compassionate and zealous attorneys to represent them…

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Senate demands that the VA allow veterans with bad paper to apply for healthcare

By CVLC | March 6, 2020

Senate leaders take action in response to the recent report published by the Legal Services Center (LSC) at Harvard University. U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) joined by Senators Jon Tester (D-MT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) sent a letter to Department of Veterans’ Affair (VA) Secretary Robert…

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Newly-Obtained Data: Veterans Administration Turning Away Veterans Who Should Receive Benefits

By CVLC | March 5, 2020

CVLC participated in a national report with our partners at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School (LSC). One of our veteran clients is featured in a national report about the Veterans Administration’s (VA) improper denying access to veterans. The VA employs VA’s complex, and often arbitrary, line-drawing between veterans eligible for the VA,…

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Support us by voting at Blue State Coffee at 320 Congress Avenue!

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Blue State Coffee donates 2% of their sales to local non-profit organizations. Each time a customer makes a purchase, he or she is given a token with which to vote for one of the 4 non-profits they are supporting at the cafe - one of which is now Connecticut Veterans Legal Center. The donation is allocated based on customer votes so the more votes for CVLC, the larger the donation!

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For every $1 you give, CVLC returns $15 to veterans in increased income and reduced debt.

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