Each November OCTLA gives back to the community by supporting a worthy Orange County charitable organization. Being a veteran myself, I wanted to focus on a veterans’ charity and it is hard to imagine a more deserving charity than the Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) located in Santa Ana. Founded by Antoinette Balta and Dwight Stirling, two California lawyers who happen to have military experience (Balta holds the rank of Captain in the Army Reserves and Stirling is a veteran of the National Guard), VLI is among the few non-profit public interest law firms in the nation dedicated exclusively to the unique needs of veterans and current military personnel.
VLI’s unique role in the community as a combined public interest law firm and as a veterans’ issues think tank helps it to fulfill its dual purpose in the community; assisting low income and homeless veterans with a multitude of issues ranging from health care to employment and everything in between, and advocating for increased protections for our nation’s veterans and military members locally and statewide.
VLI would love to assist every current or former service member who seeks their assistance, but due to issues with funding, they are forced to turn away thousands of veterans each year who desperately need their services. OCTLA is proud to do its part to help expand VLI’s reach and to stand up for the women and men who stood up for this nation by donating the proceeds from the Top Gun auction and donations.
Join us November 19, 2016, at the lovely Island Hotel located in Newport Beach, California (near Fashion Island) for a night of celebration and giving back to the community! Even if you cannot make the event, please consider giving what you can to VLI to help us reach our goal of $150,000.00. These funds are essential in allowing VLI to help an even greater number of veterans. You can make a donation either via www.octla.org or www.vetslegal.com.
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