VA NY Harbor Health Care System
Women who want lawyers
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Discharge upgrades, family law issues like child support, divorce, and parent custody, and Military Sexual Trauma are all matters that affect both men and women Veterans. However, many women feel they communicate better about difficult personal issues by talking to someone with experience working with survivors of trauma, according to Samantha Kubek.
As an attorney with the New York Legal Assistance Group, Ms. Kubek will coordinate a weekly clinic beginning in January at VA’s Manhattan Campus, specifically for women Veterans.
It will be the VA’s first women-only legal clinic. Ms. Kubek anticipates that women who most want help through this clinic are those dealing with PTSD and MST. Ms. Kubek explains that as a survivor of trauma herself, she understands the need for support. “There are many matters where relatively straightforward guidance can be very helpful. We want to help resolve the problem, and at the same time, relieve unnecessary anxiety along the way.”
The clinic will be held in addition to NYLAG’s current weekly clinic at VA. Meetings with the attorneys are by appointment only, which can be made by calling 212-659-6199 and a NYLAG representative will call back within two business days. Ms. Kubek’s goals are very much aligned with NYLAG’s commitment to finding new ways to serve the underserved.
Working through a medical-legal partnership model that understands that medical and legal problems are often interconnected, NYLAG currently holds clinics in 27 medical centers in the NYC area, including three VA hospitals.
To learn more about some of the legal issues women Veterans may encounter, check out the upcoming Stand Down on Women Veterans’ Legal Rights, Monday, December 12, 12Noon-1:15pm in the Clubhouse.