We regularly staff clinics to assist veterans at the New York City Bar Association. With guidance from the City Bar Justice Center staff, volunteer lawyers help veterans file claims and appeals with the Department of Veterans Affairs. We have partnered with some of the firm’s clients, including a number of major financial institutions, to participate in these clinics and assist veterans.
Working with certain veterans organizations dedicated to assisting members of the armed forces injured in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, Davis Polk lawyers created a handbook to assist the families of service members who died in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a handbook to assist injured service members and veterans.
These handbooks are designed as a single-point resource, summarizing and supplementing information provided by the military and numerous governmental and charitable organizations. Written in plain English to make them as user-friendly as possible, the handbooks cover matters of immediate and long-term concern for both remaining families and injured service members, including the disability evaluation system, education, employment and health benefits, legal rights and legal assistance. The handbooks are updated on a regular basis and have been featured in numerous press articles.
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Currently, we are partnering with lawyers from a number of major financial institutions to assist 23 veterans with their claims.