last updated August 2013



  • Disabled American Veterans (DAV): DAV is the United States’ oldest veterans advocacy and assistant group in the nation. DAV assists veterans in receiving the benefits to which they are entitled, lobbies the United States government on behalf of veterans, and educates the public about veterans issues.
  • GI Rights Hotline: This group of nearly 20 non-profit organizations from 11 states and Germany provides free and confidential information on United States military regulations to active and inactive service members.
Hotline: 1-877-447-4487
  • Grace After Fire: Grace After Fire is a peer support system specifically designed to assist female veterans. The organization, formed in 2008, provides access to crisis support and identifies barriers that veteran women face.
  • My Duty: My Duty is a website sponsored by the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office . The website provides information for sexual assault victims, friends of sexual assault victims, and supervisors of sexual assault victims. The website also outlines reporting procedures.
  • National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA): NOVA is a non-profit membership organization based out of Washington D.C. and founded in 1993. NOVA holds two conferences per year and hosts many webinars training member attorneys on veterans’ law. NOVA also helps veterans find attorneys with training in veterans’ law through the NOVA Advocate Directory. 
  • National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP): NVLSP is a non-profit organization founded in 1980 that is dedicated to providing veterans with benefits to which they are entitled because of disabilities resulting from military service. NVLSP organizes the Lawyers Serving Warriors program, which provides free legal representation to veterans and active duty personnel through a national network of law firms. Additionally, NVLSP attorneys individually represent veterans and bring class-action lawsuits.
  • Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN): RAINN is the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the United States. Alongside other advocacy efforts, RAINN also runs the Department of Defense Safe Helpline, which offers support services for military service members affected by sexual assault.
Department of Defense Safe Helpline website:
Safe Helpline: 877-995-5247
  • Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN): SWAN is an organization dedicated to achieving gender equality in the armed services. SWAN accomplishes its mission through policy reform, media advocacy, litigation, and direct services.
  • Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO): SAPRO is responsible for the implementation of the Department of Defense sexual assault policy. SAPRO works to prevent and respond to instances of sexual assault in the military. SAPRO releases annual reports concerning its efforts to curb sexual assault. The program also conducts surveys, task forces, and other research about sexual misconduct.
  • The Soldiers Project: This organization provides free mental health services to active and inactive military service members who are serving or have served in Iraq or Afghanistan.
A list of the Soldiers Project locations can be found here.
Hotline: 818-761-7438, ext.
  •  Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program: The Pro Bono program was created to provide assistance to veterans or their family members who have filed appeals with the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. The program also trains attorneys in veterans’ law.