Veterans Legal Services provides free legal assistance to military veterans throughout Massachusetts, helping them live happier and healthier lives. Eligibility requirements include: 

1) You served in the United States military, National Guard, or Reserves (any discharge status),

2) You currently reside in Massachusetts,

3) Your household income is less than 300% of the federal poverty level (see chart below),

4) Your legal case must be based in Massachusetts, and

5) VLS must have topical expertise in your case subject matter.

VLS does not provide services on criminal defense matters, Department of Children & Families cases, personal injury cases, or medical malpractice cases.

Legal Assistance for Veterans
Or contact VLS by phone (857-317-4474) or email (

  • Bankruptcy

  • Child Custody

  • Child Support

  • CORI Issues/Sealing Criminal Records

  • Consumer Debt

  • Discharge Upgrades

  • Divorce

  • Domestic Violence Protections

  • Housing (e.g.: Evictions, Conditions Issues)


  • Immigration

  • Access to Public Benefits (e.g.: SNAP, MassHealth)

  • Subsidized Housing Eligibility

  • Social Security

  • State and Federal Veterans Benefits

  • Other Non-Criminal Legal Issues


Veterans Legal Services is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and is not part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or any other government agency. 

2021 Federal Poverty Levels; Household Income

The federal poverty levels are set annually by the Department of Health & Human Services.