CVLC Highlighted in the Washington Post
“One reason so many veterans are homeless? They can’t afford lawyers.” The Washington Post has published an article recognizing the important role legal services can play in keeping veterans healthy and housed. Check out the article here.
CVLC Fights for Military Sexual Assault Survivor
“People are being sexually assaulted in the military and then kicked out because of behavioral problems and manifestations of the sexual assault. That’s horribly unfair.” – Executive Director Margaret Middleton
CVLC attorney Margaret Kuzma is working to secure a discharge upgrade for Bianca Cruz. Read the New Haven Register’s article here.
Congresswoman De Lauro Congratulates CVLC
Congresswoman Rosa De Lauro congratulates CVLC for five years of serving Connecticut veterans. CVLC is honored to work in partnership with Congresswoman De Lauro and looks forward to many more years of successfully serving veterans. Read the letter here.
Stan Simpson of FoxCT Interviews CVLC Executive Director and Board Member
CVLC Executive Director, Margaret Middleton, and a member of CVLC’s Board of Directors, John Kelley, appeared on the Stan Simpson show to talk about the current VA scandal. John Kelley, a veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, provided insight to the veteran perspective on the current affairs of the VA and how it affects veterans in the state of Connecticut. You can catch the show here.
CVLC Helps Pass New State Law That Will Help Connect Veterans to Jobs
CVLC Executive Director, Margaret Middleton, was interviewed by WNPR on the newly passed Connecticut state law that will allow veterans to expedite their transition to the civilian workforce. The law modifies current policy to recognize relevant military training as valid towards achieving licenses to work in the state. CVLC helped push the bill through the Connecticut state legislature and published this report to demonstrate a clear need for policy reform. Read the WNPR piece here.
CVLC Volunteer and Executive Director Author Op-Ed Piece for Hartford Courant
The Hartford Courant has published an op-ed piece written by CVLC’s Executive Director, Margaret Middleton, and volunteer Tim Bleasdale. The piece argues that access to legal aid is vital to a veteran applying for VA benefits. Legal assistance with these applications drastically improves the quality of the application, decreasing the time it takes the VA to process the claim and making a successful claim more likely. Read the full op-ed here.
The Hartford Courant Recognizes the Importance of Legal Services for Veterans
Check out this great piece published in the Hartford Courant about the important role of legal services in veterans’ recovery. The article discusses CVLC’s medical-legal partnership with VA, our new grant from Bristol Myers Squibb, and how legal aid can change a veteran’s life.
WNPR Discusses CVLC’s New Grant
WNPR has been talking about CVLC’s exciting new grant which will partner us with the New York Legal Assistance Group to study the effects of the VA medical-legal partnership. Read about it here.
Hartford Courant Endorses CVLC Report on Transitioning Troops to Civilian Employment
The Hartford Courant has released an editorial on CVLC’s recently published study Denying Credit: The Failure to Transition Troops to Civilian Employment, authored by students at Yale Law School’s Veterans Legal Services Clinic.
The first-of-its-kind document provides Connecticut lawmakers and employers with a survey of Connecticut Post-9/11 veterans by military occupational specialty (MOS) and demonstrates a need for policy reforms. Click here to read the editorial.
CVLC Paralegal, Lana Bluege, Writes Article for National Paralegal Reporter
Our awesome paralegal, Lana, wrote an article for the National Paralegal Reporter about CVLC and the importance of legal aid for veterans. Read Lana’s article here.
CVLC Hosts Pop-Up Pro Bono Pie Party at Halloran & Sage
On November 7th, CVLC visited Halloran & Sage’s Hartford office to celebrate the pro bono work of Susan Kirkeby and her colleagues. CVLC brought pie (donated by Lyman Orchards and Stew Leonard’s) and coffee to thank the firm’s hard working pro bono committee.
Read this article about the event and Halloran & Sage’s work with CVLC, submitted to the Hartford Courant by Halloran & Sage.
Read About CVLC in the Connecticut Post
Douglas Steinmetz from Levitt Rockwood, P.C. wrote a great article about CVLC and the importance of providing legal services to veterans; read Doug’s article here. If you haven’t already, read about how Attorney Steinmetz and two of his Levitt Rockwood colleagues helped a veteran through his legal issue in our October Volunteer Spotlight.
VA sets up legal clinics in medical centers
“One legal initiative available at VA medical centers in Miami, NewYork and WestHaven,Conn., involves “medical-legal partnerships” that allow physicians to work with lawyers to resolve problems that can affect health.”
WNPR Piece on Sexual Assault in the Military
The Pentagon estimates that 26,000 service members were sexually assaulted last year. Listen to our executive director, Margaret Middleton, give her thoughts on sexual assault in the military in this piece by WNPR.
CVLC Client featured in Hartford Courant article, “Veterans Face Lengthy Backlogs For Disability Benefits”
The wait for getting disability benefits from Veterans Benefits Administration does not end with mailing out an application. The length it takes to get these requests processed can take several months to over 3 years. This is time that is precious to these veterans. Full article here:
Happy Birthday Len, thanks for the gifts!
To celebrate his 70th birthday, Len Miller rode his bike over 100 miles and raised tens of thousands of dollars to help homeless veterans. “I think we would have done the ride simply for the the challenge and my refusal to believe that I am getting older,” Miller joked at a barbeque at his home after the event. He and friends Clif McFeely, Luis Hernandez and Robin Hogen biked a total of 103 miles from Stamford to Essex. Two others — Tom Rutherford and Michael Shapiro — each biked 25 miles.
CVLC Client Stephen Norko Wins VA Appeal
With the help of CVLC, Stephen Norko was able to successfully appeal for a discharge upgrade. Read here about Mr. Norko’s story and the little known struggles countless other veterans face in their efforts to get VA benefits.
CVLC client Josheka Womack featured in New Haven Independent’s “VA Seeing Spike In Homeless Vets With Families”
CVLC Executive Director Margaret Middleton discusses the legal center’s client Josheka Womack in an article in the New Haven Independent on the alarming rise of homelessness in veterans with families.
CVLC collaboration with the CBA taking off!
Connecticut Veterans Legal Center’s collaboration with the CT Bar Association kicked off last Friday with the CBA’s training of fifty attorneys who have volunteered to take veterans’ benefits cases. CVLC will intake and asses cases, refer them to volunteer attorneys, and provide assistance to the volunteers. Big thanks to Bar Association President Fran Brady (pictured) who spearheads the Bar Association’s initiative. To find out more check out this article in the Connecticut Law Tribune.
CVLC’s Annual Wine-Taster Raises $115,000
CVLC’s wine-taster fundraising was a huge success, bringing in more than $100,000 that will be used to help us serve in-need veterans. Along with a number of veterans and volunteers, attendees included U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro and Governor Dan Malloy. Read what the New Haven Independent had to say about the event here.
CVLC client Bob Phelps featured in the New Britain Herald
The New Britain Herald wrote a wonderful story about veteran Bob Phelps and how free legal services have helped him stay happy and housed despite disabling illness.
CVLC features in Connecticut Lawyer
CVLC featured this month in a Connecticut Lawyer piece about doing pro bono work in Connecticut. Read about one of our veterans whose Social Security payments were reinstated with the help of one our volunteer attorneys!