May ~ Military Appreciation Month ~ Memorial Day
Who Are You Remembering…?
This May, join the LACBA Veterans Legal Services Project, LACBA, and Counsel for Justice in honoring the memory of our nation’s fallen heroes, by making a donation to support free legal assistance to current and former military members who are still here.
If you cannot sponsor but would like to support the campaign by making a donation, click here.
Our mission: Clearing legal access barriers to housing, employment, education, and healthcare.
- Clearing Traffic Records, Warrants, and Fines
- Expungements of Convictions
- Military Discharge Upgrades
- Small Business Development
- Family Law
- Tenant Housing Dispute Resolution
Giving a lifeline to veterans like C. Guerrero:
C. Guerrero, an Army veteran served for nine years as a Canon Crew Member, from February 1990 to 1999. Born in Mexico and a permanent resident of the United States, he joined the military because of his gratitude for this country. He was honorably discharged at the rank of E-4, Army Specialist and received over 11 medals during his service, including an Army Service Ribbon and National Defense Service Medal. He heard about LACBA Counsel for Justice Veterans Legal Services Project through another veteran’s service provider which had referred him due to his crippling legal troubles.
At the time, Mr. Guerrero was facing a ticket for expired registration on a vehicle he was fixing up for his daughter. He didn’t yet have the money to fix the car to pass the smog test after he had already replaced the car’s engine, which is when he got pulled over. He has been on SSDI due to chronic disabilities and looking for work, though it has been hard to manage with his injuries. To compound matters, his ticket also came at a time when he was dealing with homelessness. Because of the pandemic, he was already rationing his funds to provide for his 2 children and didn’t have the money to pay for the $400 ticket. The legal matters only added to the stress of trying to look for a housing unit in the midst of a pandemic, dealing with his chronic pain, and working with the little income he was receiving.
With the help of the Veterans Project, Mr. Guerrero was able to have his ticket dismissed and his record cleared. He was able to put money he would have had to pay for the ticket towards his children and their expenses. He could now focus his attention back onto his own life and potentially find a housing unit that would allow him to reunite with his son that has been living at his mother’s house.
When asked what getting help from the Veterans Legal Services Project meant to him, Mr. Guerrero mentioned that his experience with LACBA CFJ was ‘a lifeline.’ He was going through a lot at the time and all he needed was a little help in resolving his legal matters, especially since he didn’t know how to resolve them himself or where to start. To him, the Veteran’s Project was an organization that “at a time of need, gave him another avenue.” He described the organization’s work as monumental, as it allows for veterans to “reach out against the society that is stacked against them.”
We NEED Your Help!
THANK YOU TO THE GENEROUS SPONSORS OF OUR
WHO ARE YOU REMEMBERING CAMPAIGN
John A. Clark
Arnold & Porter LLP
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Hill, Farrer & Burrill LLP
Foley & Mansfield PLLP
Clyde & Co
VETERANS LEGAL SERVICES PROJECT
Directing Attorney, Tara Hunter (213) 896-6414 Send an Email