The Stateside Legal Advocate Tool Kit

Advocate Toolkits

Below are resources that we find helpful in advocating for veterans, service members and their families. You may want to book-mark this page for easy reference. We have also created smaller tool kits, focusing on veterans, active military, and tax issues:

VA Advocate Tool Kit

Certification Issues Attorneys and advocates wishing to handle VA cases must be accredited by the VA to do so. Learn more about the VA accreditation process here.   It can take several months for this process to be completed.

Advocate Toolkit: VA Disability Compensation Claim

Helpful online resources for advocates helping veterans with their VA disability comp claims.

Military Advocate Tool Kit

This listing of resources is designed for legal aid and private attorney advocates who are working with military legal families on civil legal questions but may need to access federal law or regulations specific to their military status:



Proof of military service is essential.
The National Archives maintains detailed information about the process of documenting military service.  Your client or their "next of kin" can do this via the "E-Vets" portal maintained by the National Archive. 

If you are not the veteran or next of kin, you must complete the Standard Form 180 (SF 180) to request this information.