Veterans Advocacy Project
The Veterans Advocacy Project (VAP) at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law pairs individual military 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 D.C., and on discharge upgrade cases. The VAP provides an experiential learning atmosphere, allowing students to earn six credit hours through a combined externship and classroom learning environment.
"My time with the Veterans Advocacy Project, and more recently with the Rocky Mountain Veterans Advocacy Project, has opened my eyes to the hardships many veterans face while trying to obtain legal representation and benefits. As a law student, I was looking for an opportunity to gain legal experience while providing meaningful services to those in need. Having the opportunity to work directly with veterans on such important matters that substantially impact their lives has been a truly rewarding experience."Marisa Deforest Denver Law, Class of 2022
Sturm College of Law Veterans Advocacy Project Helps Veterans Regain BenefitsClinic has recovered more than $16.2 million for Colorado veterans
Sturm College of Law Veterans Advocacy Project Fights for Veterans' Benefits and Quality of LifeClinic has recovered more than $7.2 million for Colorado veterans.
DU Ranks in the Top 50 Best Colleges for VeteransDU ranks 50th in the Best College for Veterans category in 2021. This boost reflects the University’s continued push to provide more programs and opportunities targeted at veterans and military personnel.
In the News
Breach of Honor
5280 Magazine, August 2017
Veterans who leave the military with other-than-honorable discharges often are denied health care and other Veterans Affairs benefits. Yet many suffer from conditions—such as post-traumatic stress disorder—that could have contributed to the behaviors that got them kicked out in the first place. The University of Denver’s Veterans Advocacy Project wants to help.
University of Denver Law Clinic Recovers More Than $7.2 Million for Colorado Veterans
Volunteers of America, September 2018
In a small office on the second floor, a dedicated tranquility can be found – in the home of a life-changing law clinic that has been operating through the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law for the last three years.
An Honorable Charge
Denver Law Alumni Magazine, Spring 2017
As the sister of a Navy pilot, Maggie Toth, JD’17, long has been sensitive to challenges facing America’s military veterans, whether those challenges involve securing benefits or receiving timely medical care.
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“These can be truly life-changing decisions for a veteran, and it is hard for veterans to find no-cost legal services in these areas, so it is an incredible opportunity to put a legal education into meaningful work. I entered into law in order to provide legal services to underserved populations and the Veterans Advocacy Project provided a very hands-on way to learn these skills in serving an incredibly deserving population.”Alice Hansen Denver Law Graduate, 2020