Veterans Legal Initiative


HBA Veterans Legal Initiative
HBA Veterans Legal Initiative


About the Initiative

The Veterans Legal Initiative was established in 2008 by the Houston Bar Association, Houston Bar Foundation and Houston Volunteer Lawyers. The program provides free legal advice and legal representation to U.S. veterans. Any veteran, or spouse of a deceased veteran, can get advice and counsel at one of the clinics offered by the VLI at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center or at one of the community clinics. Low-income veterans who need further legal representation in civil matters and meet eligibility guidelines can be assigned a pro bono attorney through the Houston Volunteer Lawyers, a public service of the Houston Bar Association. The Veterans Legal Initiative is made possible by grants from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, the Houston Bar Foundation, and the Texas Veterans Commission.

To date, the program has served over 20,000 veterans with advice and counsel and/or legal representation. More than 400 attorneys have volunteered to assist with the Veterans’ Legal Initiative.

The VLI is now part of a coalition of bar associations in 18 Texas counties that provides free legal advice clinics and legal representation to veterans through clinics scheduled periodically in the following counties: Bell, Brazoria, Brazos, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, McLennan, Montgomery, Orange, San Jacinto, Travis, Walker and Waller.



Free Friday Clinics at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Every Friday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., 2002 Holcombe, Houston, TX 77030
*TEMPORARY LOCATION: Building 108-A, near main valet entrance*
No appointment necessary



Upcoming Free Saturday Clinics

Saturday clinics are from 9:00 a.m. to noon, unless otherwise noted, and no appointment is necessary. To view upcoming dates and locations of the traveling Saturday legal clinics, see our calendar or read the information below.

The next Saturday clinics are:




If you are a veteran with a question about legal services, contact:
Robert Morales
Staff Attorney, VLI
713-333-VETS (8387) or



Legal professionals, click here to sign up as a volunteer with the Veterans Legal Initiative.




Thank you to all of the attorneys, paralegals, and students who have volunteered at Saturday VLI clinics in 2020!

List updated February 4, 2020


Felicia Alexander Katie Belleville Joshua Dunegan
Max Fin Megan Ford Cynthia Haagenson
Laila Hemani Robert Holthus Rachel Kahane
Andrew Lehmann Lori Matthews  

Resources for Veterans

Veterans Benefits

Health Care

  • Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center –, (713) 791-1414 or 1 (800) 553-2278

Crisis Intervention and Mental Health


  • U.S. Vets at Midtown Terrace Residential Assistance –, (832) 203-1626
  • DeGeorge SRO at Union Station – (713) 224-1418


  • Veterans Employment Training Service –, 1 (866) 4-USA-DOL (87-2365)
  • Workforce Solutions –, 1 (888) 469-JOBS (5627)
  • Texas Veterans Commission –, (713) 383-2756


  • Houston Metro –, (713) 635-4000
  • EZ Tag/Harris County Toll Road Authority –, (281) 875-EASY (3279) for customer service or (281) 584-7500 for roadside assistance


Other Helpful Links