Its aim is the same: to attract veterans and make them aware of the benefits and legal help available to them.
“We felt that they were an underserved population,” said Victor Torres, a paralegal with Brooklyn Legal Services. “Sometimes vets tend to prefer going with their own, and that's okay but we felt it was time that we reached out and offer our services.
“We want them to know that we are here and that we are happy to serve them,” he added.
Brooklyn Legal Services has been handing out fliers to make veterans aware of its services.
Some of the services include help with eviction and mortgage proceedings, rent overcharge claims and improving housing conditions.
Brooklyn Legal Services also offers veterans help with employment and government benefits - such as food stamps - particularly if they were denied benefits or those benefits were improperly calculated or terminated.
Brooklyn Legal Services also helps veterans obtain Social Security Disability benefits.
“Some have absolutely no idea what benefits they are entitled to,” Torres said, based on his experience dealing with vets.
Although he noted that he isn't sure what type of information is dispensed at veteran’s centers, he said that in time he would like to set up a booth at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn to distribute information.
Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A is located at 260 Broadway, Brooklyn, 11211. For more information, visit their website.