Veteran Advocacy Project Inc

New York, NY   |  https://www.VeteranAdvocacy.org

Mission

The Veteran Advocacy Project provides free legal services to low-income veterans and their families living with Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, substance use issues, and other mental health conditions. Through a combination of criminal and civil legal services, along with our focus in veterans law, we remove barriers to housing, health care, and income, and allow veterans and their families to achieve the stability needed to regain their health and rebuild their lives.

Ruling year info

2020

Executive Director

Coco Culhane

Main address

1 Liberty Plaza, Fl. 23

New York, NY 10006 USA

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EIN

82-3103233

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-PF.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Discharge Upgrade Clinic

VAP is one of the few organizations in the country with a practice dedicated to the most vulnerable veterans: those with less-than-honorable discharges. Their suicide rate is nearly three times that of other vets and a bad discharge is the second highest predictor of homelessness. Government data shows that of the servicemembers discharged for misconduct between 2011-2015, some 62 percent had already been diagnosed with PTSD. Simply put: we are punishing mental injury. In addition to our in-house work on both cases and legislative reform, VAP has established a network of firms to take on these complex, life-changing cases pro bono.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Where we work

Financials

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Veteran Advocacy Project Inc

Board of directors
as of 07/07/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Melissa Fay

Drexel Hamilton

Term: 2021 - 2022

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/30/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/28/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.