Veterans Advocacy Project

From May 1 to August 13, our students are on summer break and we will not be accepting any new cases. If you are a current client of the VAP, rest assured we will continue to monitor your case and inform you of any developments. If you have information about your case, please email us at vap@law.du.edu or call at 303-660-6421 and we will return your call as soon as possible. If you are a prospective client and would like to file an application for us to consider your case, please click on the Apply for Services link to the left and complete an application. If we think we can help you, we will contact you in August. Also, feel free to contact us in August to inquire about the status of your case. Thanks for your interest in the Veterans Advocacy Project.


Veterans Advocacy Project Video

The VAP pairs individual Veterans with teams of Colorado attorneys and Denver Law students.  These teams work primarily on VA Disability Benefit Compensation cases at the regional level and up to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington DC.; and on Discharge Upgrade cases. Students earn 6 credits which include case work and a seminar focusing on issues related to handling these types of cases.

The VAP also assists in the Colorado Bar Association’s efforts to assist Veterans with other legal needs. The Military and Veterans Affairs Section of the CBA has monthly clinics in Denver and throughout the state in which lawyers meet with Veterans to understand their legal needs, and counsel them as appropriate. Much of the work at the clinics is intake and referral to the CBA, so that the CBA can then pair Veterans with lawyers who assist the Veterans in a variety of cases, e.g., housing, bankruptcy, family law issues.

The VAP accepts students each semester, and selection is via an application process. Students interested in participating in the VAP should email vap@law.du.edu to schedule an appointment to meet with Professor Vessels.

VAP online brochure

To learn more about the VAP, please follow these links:

Breach of Honor”, an article by Kasey Cordell in the August 2017 edition of 5280 Magazine.

An Honorable Charge”, an article by Andrew Faught in the Spring 2017 issue of the Denver Law Alumni Magazine.

If you attended the 2018 Veterans Clinic Conference, click here to access the Program Materials.

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