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CVLC'S Deputy Director Interviewed by Georgetown Public Policy Review About Passage of Landmark Legislation

Attorney Cindy Johnson speaks with Georgetown Public Policy Review about the passage of the PACT ACT. Attorney Johnson outlines how this critical new law expands and extends VA health care and benefits to veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances.

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CVLC Publishes Groundbreaking Report

Connecticut Veterans Legal Center (CVLC) announces the publication of “Discretionary Injustice: How Racial Disparities in the Military’s Administrative Separation System Harm Black Veterans,” a report revealing stark racial disparities in military administrative separations.

Comprising over one million individual separations, Discretionary Injustice draws on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) data obtained by CVLC from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines, detailing five years (2015 - 2020) of persistent racial disparities in military administrative separations.

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CVLC’s Discretionary Injustice Report Highlighted in the Washington Post!

By CVLC | November 14, 2022

The Washington Post covered CVLC’s Discretionary Justice Report. Click here to read the article.

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Connecticut Veterans Legal Center Releases New Data Revealing Stark Racial Disparities in Military Administrative Separations

By CVLC | November 14, 2022

Connecticut Veterans Legal Center (CVLC) announces the publication of “Discretionary Injustice: How Racial Disparities in the Military’s Administrative Separation System Harm Black Veterans,” a report revealing stark racial disparities in military administrative separations. Comprising over one million individual separations, Discretionary Injustice draws on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) data obtained by CVLC from the Army, Navy, Air…

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Pro Bono Spotlight – Attorney Mike Kennedy

By CVLC | October 21, 2022

Attorney Mike Kennedy has always taken the legal profession’s responsibility to provide voluntary pro bono services seriously. Much of Mike’s work as an attorney is his work suing debt collectors under the fair debt collection practices act, and he has devoted his career to helping many people who can’t afford an attorney.  “I knew I…

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Pro Bono Spotlight – Attorney Eva Puorro

By CVLC | October 21, 2022

Eva Puorro has had helping veterans on her radar for quite some time. She is an experienced litigator, having practiced in New York and Connecticut for many years, and more recently worked for a startup company that provides expert medical opinions and for veterans and veterans’ advocates. When Eva saw the opportunity to volunteer at…

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Pro Bono Spotlight – Attorney Cullen Guilmartin

By CVLC | October 21, 2022

Cullen Guilmartin first started doing pro bono work for CVLC through his prior firm, McCarter & English. While he originally worked on discharge upgrades, he transitioned to eviction work as he moved to Gordon & Rees. At Gordon Rees, Cullen has been able to recruit other associates and partners to work on cases with CVLC,…

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CVLC stands in solidarity with all who are fighting for justice for Black lives and all those working to dismantle racist systems of oppression.

Whether it is supporting World War II veterans who fought against external fascism only to return to Jim Crow or service members who received unjust administrative discharges because of racial discrimination, we cannot achieve justice for veterans without achieving racial justice. CVLC’s focus on ensuring that all veterans can access healthcare, housing, and income is inextricably linked to undoing deeply entrenched, systemic racism.

Together, we can make change. We are honored that fighting for justice is part of what we do every day and we urge you to support other local organizations dedicated to ending systemic racism like: Co-Creating Effective and Inclusive Organizations (CEIO), CT Core, Black Lives Matter New Haven and Connecticut Bail Fund.

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This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which is dedicated to ensuring that impacted veterans, service members, their families, and their caregivers thrive long after they return home.

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For every $1 you give, CVLC returns $20 to veterans in increased income and reduced debt.

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