Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic

Resources for Veterans

If you need help on an issue that is outside of veterans benefits claims, the VLSC will conduct an intake to determine if assistance can be provided. For legal matters that the VLSC does not handle directly, it will seek to coordinate assistance through other resource providers. Below are a list of commonly utilized resources outside of the VLSC.

Appeals Deadlines

Discharge Upgrades

For information on discharge upgrades, visit The following organizations assist veterans with discharge upgrades:

The American Legion (Chicago Office)
208 West Washington St.
Chicago, Illinois 60606

Case assistance for veterans, but they do not provide representation.
Mike Regusa (Contact): 309.235.5090
Main Office: 217.528.4713

Military Task Force of the National Lawyers Guild
This organization includes attorneys, legal workers, and law students interested in draft, military and veteran’s issues. It is a standing project of the National Lawyers Guild.
Discharge Upgrade Information:
Main Office: 619.463.2369

Out Armed Forces
Assists veterans who were discharged under DADT or the prior regulatory ban to upgrade discharge paperwork.
Veteran Assistance:


For information on Illinois expungement, contact the Office of the Illinois Appellate Defender.

Obtaining Service Records

Military service records can be requested using Standard Form 180. The form needs to be completed and mailed to a specific address that is listed on the SF-180 form. The addresses will be different for each archive site depending upon the military branch and dates of service.

Strategic Partners

The Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic is not alone in its efforts provide our veterans with the benefits and legal assistance to which they are entitled. Please explore some of the following links to organizations dedicated to assisting our veterans.

Public Resources