Dear BHBA Barristers,
We need your help to deliver free legal assistance to homeless veterans on December 20-21, 2014, at the “Los Angeles Stand Down” held at the LA Convention Center in Downtown LA. We anticipate that 2500 homeless veterans will attend the LA Stand Down, and many will be seeking legal assistance. These veterans need help and we cannot do this alone. Please join us to serve those who have served us.
What is a Stand Down? Stand Downs are typically one to three day events where homeless Veterans can receive food, shelter, clothing, health care, benefits counseling, legal assistance, respite, and more. These collaborative events bring together local Veterans Administration staff, other government agencies, and community-based organizations to provide comprehensive help and support to homeless Veterans.
How can I help? At the Stand Down, volunteers will conduct intake interviews of veterans and help issue spot in the following areas: (1) Veterans’ Benefits; (2) Citation defense; (3) Family law; (4) Housing/Evictions; and (5) Expungements. All volunteers will receive training on how to spot these issues and learn answers to basic legal questions in these areas. Volunteers also will receive reference materials that they can use and refer to during the intake interviews.
How do I sign up? To register for the LA Stand Down, please visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1EOkxQSkRhmVLAP8j7x8SNxDNTj7GU3-pWOnvqtdxYoU/viewform. The event is being coordinated by Legal Aid Foundation Los Angeles (“LAFLA”). Your responses in the sign-up form are private and will be viewed by LAFLA staff only.
Volunteers must also register (on the google document) to attend a training on one of the following days:
- Monday, December 15th, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at LAFLA, 1102 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
- Wednesday, December 17th, 5:30-7:00 pm at Patriotic Hall, 1816 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA 90015
For more information about legal assistance at the LA Stand Down, contact Nicole M. Perez, LAFLA’s Veterans Justice Center Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking forward to seeing you at the Stand Down!