VLSN was founded in July of 2015 to provide legal assistance to veterans and their families in Nebraska and the surrounding areas. Since that time we have become focused on the following areas of need
- Discharge Upgrades
- Veterans that are working their way through the criminal justice system
- Filling the function of Veterans Treatment Courts in other jurisdictions that match veterans, their counsel, the courts and prosecutors with the service providers that can assist veterans in need in areas such as substance abuse, housing assistance, peer support, mental health, benefits and employment assistance as well as nontraditional assistance such as art or equine therapy and yoga that have proved successful for many veterans across the nation.
- Veterans, active duty and their family members who need civil legal help but cannot afford it or for some reason cannot use active duty legal assistance offices
- Wills and advanced directives for elderly veterans and their spouses
VLSN provides our legal services for free to veterans that are at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines, have a rated disability, or are over the age of 65. We also will provide reduced fee services for veterans between 200-300% of the national poverty guidelines as well as disability appeals to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
To date, we have taught and assisted over 400 inmates at Douglas County Corrections and over 50 in Omaha Correctional Center. We have talked to over 60 homeless vets between our 4 stand downs and working with Siena Francis House. We have 8 vets in our Vets Treatment Court right now. We have testified in legislative conferences 3 times and spoke about vets issues in front of hundreds of Nebraskans at Memorial Day, Veteran’s day and other invited events.
This map represents who we have helped.