The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS) Virginia Veteran and Family Support (VVFS) is continuing services to Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) as the Commonwealth deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. Our offices are open for in person appointments. We are serving our SMVF population as before, but with certain protocols and screenings in place to ensure the safety of our staff, customers and community partners. To ensure for everyone’s safety, all visitors will be screened prior to entering our offices and face coverings are required. There will not be lobby or waiting room availability and we ask all visitors to respect our social distancing and mask protocols. Frequent disinfection of all high-touch surfaces occur frequently throughout the day and after each visitor to our offices.
The DVS VVFS program will continue to maximize personalized service options such as behavioral health, rehabilitative, and supportive services for our SMVF customers, including in-person meetings, approved public meetings, virtual and phone appointments. If you or your family have an urgent or emergency situation requiring in person assistance, please let us know when you contact us. To determine whether your local office is open on a particular day, please contact 1-877-285-1299 and your call will be routed for assistance. Please be sure to clearly state your name, a return phone number, and your location. Appointment requests may also be made electronically by clicking on the Red Appointment Request button at the top of this page.
This page contains a listing of state and national Legal Services which provide information about: consultation and legal representation are available free or at discounted rates for a variety of situations including, but not limited to, VA and Social Security claims, civil matters, and other non-criminal proceedings.
- Clinic for Legal Assistance to Service members and Veterans at theGeorge Mason University School of Law provides representation on civil matters such as negotiation and litigation in consumer protection, family law, bankruptcy, immigration, landlord-tenant, contract, estate and entitlement matters in federal and state forums. They also handle administrative and military law and entitlements matters such as Traumatic Service Group Life Insurance issues and appeals; Physical Evaluation Boards; and discharge upgrade applications.
- Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic at the William & Mary School of Law providescurrent and former military service members with knowledge of and assistance with pursuing available disability benefits resulting from their military service.The goal of the Veterans Benefits Clinic is to help veteran clients find the help or advice that they need for all of their concerns.
- Virginia Bar Association provides legal assistance for service members with deployment related issues – https://m360.vba.org/admin/forms/ViewForm.aspx?id=30908
- LawHelp.org helps people of low and moderate inc ome find free legal aid programs in their communities, answers to questions about their legal rights and forms to help them with their legal problems.
- Lawyers Serving Warriors® program of NVLSP offers pro bono (free) legal help with disability issues to veterans from all eras. The current pro bono initiative is to assist veterans with two types of disability claims — applications for Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC) and applications to the Physical Disability Board of Review for an increase in the military disability rating.
- Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program provides free representation at the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims – http://www.vetsprobono.org/