A variety of advocacy options are available to veterans both at the government level and in the private sector. State and local Departments of Veterans Affairs assist veterans with a variety of needs, ranging from pursuing an education to acquiring benefits.
For instance, both the California and Connecticut Departments of Veterans Affairs list their advocacy and assistance programs directly on their websites. Both organizations assist veterans and family members. Some of the categories listed include military records, legal assistance and women veterans.
The National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, incorporated in 1993, is a membership-based organization consisting of attorneys and other qualified members, the main focus of which is assisting veterans with disabilities. A list of members can be found on the organization’s website and is searchable by
name, state, firm and areas of practice. The organization also operates a pro bono program that advocates for homeless veterans.
Depending on a veteran’s service history, many other membership organizations also provide advocacy services. The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America and Disabled American Veterans are just a few of the nationally recognized membership organizations that assist veterans.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs also operates a patient advocacy program to assist veterans and their families with concerns related to their benefits.