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About Military Assistance Project

MAP has no income requirements, which means no military member or veteran is left behind because they make too much money. If they meet the requirements for each division, they can become a MAP client. MAP provides legal services in the Tri-State area (PA/NJ/DE), the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and nationwide. MAP serves all branches and all levels of discharge.

Military Assistance Project provides: pro bono Chapter 7 no asset bankruptcies; assistance with filing back taxes or dealing with IRS debts through offers in compromise with volunteer accountants; has financial planners who will volunteer to speak with clients if bankruptcy is not the right course of action; and attorneys who can also provide assistance with VA Benefit Claims, Discharge Upgrades, and appeals.

Consumer Law Division

The Consumer Law Division at MAP provides free legal services to veterans, current military personnel, and their spouses facing financial crisis. MAP staff and volunteers work with clients eligible for bankruptcy on the preparation/filing of the petition and provide other services as necessary in connection with representation. Furthermore, individuals with back-tax issues are helped through this Division’s volunteer accountants and IRS Enrolled Agents.

PLEASE NOTE: GENERALLY, MAP IS ONLY ABLE TO PROVIDE BANKRUPTCY SERVICES TO INDIVIDUALS LIVING IN PENNSYLVANIA, NEW JERSEY, AND DELAWARE.

VA Benefits

The Veterans Administrative Law Division at MAP provides free legal services to veterans, current military personnel, and their spouses/widow(er)s, providing assistance with:

  • VA Service-Connected Compensation Initial Applications & Appeals of Denials
  • VA Non-Service Connected Pension Initial Applications & Appeals of Denials
  • VA/DoD Overpayments & Appeals
  • VA Medical Care Applications & Appeals
  • Other Appeals Before the VA

VA Discharge Upgrades

Legal representation in applying for discharge upgrades assists veterans (and their spouses/widow(er)s) in navigating and accessing the benefits which they may not have been able to get on their own. This practice area assists veterans who are struggling with mental health issues such as Post-Traumatic Stress by offering discharge upgrades for individuals with “bad paper” as a result of their PTSD or other mental health issue.

We can review your case, and provide you with a free lawyer, if you meet the following criteria:

  • There is an underlying mental health symptomology (diagnosed or undiagnosed) or traumatic brain injury (TBI) that was the cause of the discharge
  • Member was discharged under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell or prior
  • We find at least one meritorious argument to present to the Discharge Review Board
  • If General (Under Honorable Conditions) discharge, you meet one of the above requirements AND you were in the service after 11 September 2001

Discharge Update: DADT & Prior

After the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 was signed into law, the brave women and men of our military are able to serve without having to fear they will be discharged because of their sexual orientation. However, the battle has not ended for the estimated 114,000 veterans who were expelled from the military between WWII and 2011 for that very reason.

Many of those servicemembers were discharged with characterizations that were less than Honorable–General Under Honorable or Other Than Honorable (also known as Undesirable). These characterizations follow them for the remainder of their lives, reminding them of the painful experiences that led up to their discharge and disqualification from valuable federal benefits.

Military Assistance Project is working to bring awareness and legal support to veterans in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania applying for discharge upgrades.

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