Pisgah Legal Services recognizes and commends the work that our veterans, service members, and military spouses have undertaken to protect our nation. We also recognize that veterans and their families, often because of the sacrifices they make in their service, have unique and enduring challenges that threaten their livelihoods and well-being, such as post-traumatic stress, service-related disabilities, addiction, and homelessness.
Pisgah Legal Services, through the Veterans Law Project, is committed to assisting veterans and their families deal with and overcome these challenges. Our attorneys and community partners are ready to assist veterans and their families with:
- Obtaining or preserving benefits such as Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Income, and Veterans Administration benefits
- Obtaining access to potentially life-saving health care, through Medicare, Medicaid, and Affordable Care Act counselors
- Preventing homelessness by defending veterans against eviction and foreclosure, as well as ensuring or preserving eligibility for housing subsidies and public housing
- Protecting veterans from disability discrimination
- Expunging criminal records and promoting drug treatment programs and diversion programs as alternates to prosecution
- Securing or maintaining custody and/or visitation of children
- Protecting veterans and veteran spouses against abusive intimate partners by obtaining protective orders
- Ensuring equitable and fair divisions of marital property following separation and divorce
- General legal services for aging veterans, including wills, advance medical directives, and durable powers of attorney.
PLS also serves as a partner to the Buncombe County Veterans Treatment Court, which helps veterans who have found themselves involved with the justice system due to homelessness, post-traumatic stress, and drug addiction. PLS helps veterans at the fourth stage of their program by providing general legal assistance in their non-criminal legal matters. PLS attorneys attend Veterans Treatment Court and take time to get to know and speak with veterans who participate.
Additionally, PLS is a member of NC SERVES, a network that works collectively to improve the coordination and direct service delivery to our military and veteran families through technology and collaboration. Services are varied and comprehensive.
Our attorneys, across all of PLS’ programs, are ready and willing to serve low-income veterans who need legal advocacy.
Call PLS at (828) 253-0406 or toll-free at (800) 489-6144 to apply for services. Please note that you are a veteran so that we can further connect you with staff and attorneys in our Veterans Law Project.