The State of California is home to more veterans and military members than any other state in the country. There are over two million veterans currently residing in California, approximately 250,000 of whom live in San Diego County. San Diego is also home to a large number of active duty military members and their families. Along its coast, San Diego hosts the largest naval fleet in the world. Naval bases in the San Diego area include: Naval Air Station North Island, Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Naval Base Point Loma, and Naval Base San Diego. San Diego also boasts a strong Marine presence. Marine Corps installations include: Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. Additionally, the Coast Guard has the US Coast Guard Station San Diego. With such a high concentration of active duty military members, veterans and their families, there is an urgent need for specialized legal assistance in San Diego. The Veterans Legal Clinic at the University of San Diego School of Law is here to help.
In 2009, the Post 9/11 GI Bill took effect. As a result, qualifying veterans with an Honorable discharge can receive up to 36 months of education benefits. These benefits can include payment of tuition and fees, a monthly housing allowance, and an annual books and supplies stipend. Unfortunately, along with these generous benefits have come a number of unscrupulous for-profit education companies seeking to take those benefit dollars from veterans without providing them with a quality education in return.
The Veterans Legal Clinic is dedicated to protecting and serving those veterans who have made great sacrifices to protect and serve the United States. When veterans finds themselves in a dispute with a for-profit education company over the use of GI Bill funds or related education loans, the Veterans Legal Clinic can help by providing free legal advice, identifying potential claims and even representing veterans in litigation, arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution with for-profit education companies.