THE VETERANS CONSORTIUM PRO BONO PROGRAM

#theyfoughtforus

aka The Veterans Consortium   |   Washington, DC   |  www.vetsprobono.org

Mission

We believe that our veterans in need, our nation's defenders, deserve the care, benefits and compensation they were promised and the best legal services free of charge to meet their challenges.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Mr. Ed Glabus

Main address

2101 L Street NW Suite 840

Washington, DC 20037 USA

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EIN

20-1934881

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Legal Services (I80)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Every year thousands of deserving veterans and their loved ones are unjustly denied hard-earned care and benefits by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). If they appeal within the VA and are still denied, they can take their case to the federal court system. The VA always has an attorney in court, and we believe the veterans in need should also have representation. In addition, former service men and women, especially those impacted by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and other mental health issues related to, or exacerbated by, service are given Other Than Honorable (OTH) discharges from the military services. They cannot even cite official veteran status in order to apply for benefits or compensation. These clients need your support to allow us to give them the best legal services - free of charge, to meet their Challenges.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

 Federal Court Appeals Program

TVC operates a nationwide federal Pro Bono Program on behalf of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, to represent veterans unjustly denied benefits or compensation earned from military service. Our volunteers also represent cases from this Court that are appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. This program alsl trains volunteer pro bono attorneys on federal appellate litigation experience during pro bono service. TVC provides significant case preparation, training, mentoring, and support that result in an extraordinarily high win rate.

Population(s) Served

This nationwide program provides legal help to veterans who were impacted by PTSD and TBI and received Other Than Honorable discharges. This discharge classification deprives veterans of VA benefits, limits their job prospects, damages reputations, and destroys self-esteem. PTSD/TBI-related injuries resulting from service should not preclude these veterans from receiving benefits and respect. Professional legal representation is key as these veterans seek to persuade an administrative board of the injustice. Pro bono attorneys can aid in upgrading the discharge to secure benefit eligibility for the veterans and restore the dignity of our country’s warriors.

Population(s) Served

 We team up with the VA, law firms and corporate legal departments, and D.C. area law schools to run one-day legal information and referral clinics on Fridays in the D.C. metro area. During these day-long clinics, legal peers come together to work face to face with veterans that are seeking information and referrals. This program is currently only in the DC Metro area but we hope to bring it nationwide in 2018!

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to provide the best legal services free of charge to veterans in need, their families, caregivers, and survivors no matter where in the world they live.

For over 28 years The Veterans Consortium (TVC) has handled more than 50,000 requests for legal assistance from Veterans in need, their loved ones, caregivers and survivors. We've recruited, trained and mentored over 4,850 attorneys from law firms and corporate legal departments across the country and we’ve succeeded in 80% of our federal cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. TVC volunteers have also been successful in two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 2017 we established our highly successful Discharge Upgrade Program which trains and mentors attorneys to primarily represent veterans with Other Than Honorable (OTH) discharges due to conduct related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brian Injury (TBI), Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and other mental health issues.
TVC manages and staffs two regularly scheduled pro bono legal clinics at the Washington, DC VA Medical Center. One of these clinics, is exclusively for women veterans and staffed with our female volunteer attorneys. We currently have special initiatives and plans to expand services related to women veterans and their unique needs, and veterans who seek a path to naturalization through their military service.
These achievements translate into over $115 million in pro bono legal services provided on behalf of Veterans in need. By our calculations, more than three times that in the lifetime value of care, benefits, and disability compensation that have changed our clients' lives - because of your generous support.
They fought for us – Now, we fight for them.

For over 28 years The Veterans Consortium (TVC) has handled more than 50,000 requests for legal assistance from Veterans in need, their loved ones, caregivers and survivors. We've recruited, trained and mentored over 4,850 attorneys from law firms and corporate legal departments across the country and we’ve succeeded in 80% of our federal cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Our TVC volunteers have also been successful in two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Our highly trained volunteers are more than ready to fight for these Veterans and their loved ones at the VA.

Stretching from coast to coast, our National Volunteer Corps has successfully represented cases from all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. Territories (plus many countries where U.S. Veterans live abroad). As the leading national charitable organization providing pro bono legal services for Veterans in federal courts, our volunteers come from organizations as diverse as large corporate legal departments and small academic veterans law clinics, from a majority of the Am Law 200 firms to newly-minted solo practitioners. As varied as these backgrounds may be, these many volunteers joined forces as part of The Veterans Consortium to provide equal access to justice for our Veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the Federal Circuit, and the Supreme Court. Looking to the future, we want to expand our pilot pro bono Medical Review Program, support a paralegal position, expand our externships and internships for young legal professionals exploring a career of service in veterans law, and continue to help local veterans in need in our nation's capital by growing our D.C. Veterans Legal Clinic projects. We currently have special initiatives and plans to expand services related to women veterans and their unique needs, and to support veterans who seek a path to naturalization through their military service.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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THE VETERANS CONSORTIUM PRO BONO PROGRAM

Board of directors
as of 8/25/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Mary Ann Gilleece, Esq.

Private Bar

Term: 2009 - 2019


Board co-chair

Mr Gary Butter, Esq.

Google, Inc.

Term: 2009 - 2019

Mary Ann Gilleece, Esq.

The Private Bar

Gary Butter, Esq.

Google, Inc.

Leonard Selfon, Esq.

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Bart Stichman

National Veterans Legal Services Program

William Foster, Jr. Esq.

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Roy Spicer

Disabled American Veterans

William Levi, CPA, CGMA

W. Levi & Associates, LLC

Louis Celli, Jr.

The American Legion

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No