Congresswoman testifies

about VLI to the Legislature

About VLI

Veterans Legal Institute® (VLI) provides pro bono legal assistance to homeless and low income current and former service members so as to eradicate barriers to housing, education, employment and healthcare and foster self-sufficiency. VLI is designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Legal Services

As veterans or current military members, VLI’s clients have demonstrated bravery and dedication to the country, protecting it both at home and abroad.  Many of our clients have served in combat, enduring significant physical, emotional, and psychological wounds in the process.  
​Founded by two California lawyers with military experience, the Veterans Legal Institute® (VLI) is among the only non-profit public interest law firms in the nation dedicated exclusively to the legal needs of current and former military members.

Centrally located at the intersection of the 5 and 22 freeways in Santa Ana, California, VLI is a combined public  interest law firm and think tank which exists to fulfill two critical objectives.  First, VLI assists low income veterans and military members by providing free legal services in an effort to remove barriers to housing, health care, and employment while promoting empowerment and self-sufficiency.  Second, VLI advocates for increased protections for veterans and military members through its Think Tank Division​, seeking to educate concerned civilians​, decision-makers, and attorneys as to veterans-related issues.

Accordingly, VLI contains two separate but related divisions, a Legal Services Division providing free legal services and a Think Tank, effectively filling the military knowledge gap in the local community.

^^^Co-Founders of VLI make OC Register List of Top 100 Influencers -- Click to view article!

>>> VLI Featured on the Cover of the OC Register!  -- Click to view article! >>>

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Become a Member and end Veteran homelessness today!  Further, Veterans Legal Institute® is constantly seeking pro bono attorneys, paralegals and other patriots to assist its clientele.  VLI is available to train newer attorneys and law firms in discharge upgrades and veterans benefits in exchange for them accepting a case pro bono.  
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Join us for an evening of fun to celebrate the hard work of Trudy Levindofske, pro bono in OC, and advocacy for homeless veterans.  The night will feature an Etcetera fashion show with female veteran models, live jazz music, and a silent and live auction you won't want to miss!