To provide financial support to Canadian veterans, so they can pursue disability claims and other legal cases that will broadly benefit fellow veterans nationally.
About the Foundation
The Veterans Legal Assistance Foundation (“VLAF”) is a charitable organization that supports access to justice for Canadian veterans. The VLAF was established to provide Canada’s veterans with funding to reduce the burden of legal fees associated with administrative tribunals and courts. Eligibility is reviewed and selected by the VLAF’s Board through an application process. Funding for this charity occurred as part of the Manuge SISIP Clawback class action settlement. A $1-million donation was made by the firms that received fees in the Manuge settlement – McInnes Cooper and Branch MacMaster LLP.
Qualification and Transparency
To qualify for assistance, individuals must meet the definition of “veteran” as defined by Veterans Affairs Canada. Priority is placed on issues broadly affecting veterans nationally. While personal legal matters such as family and criminal matters are not eligible, we encourage veterans facing issues around benefits and disability claims – as well as other “access to justice” matters affecting Canadian veterans broadly – to apply with a lawyer of their choice, or one from our roster. Transparency is important. We want to ensure Canadian veterans are aware of how this foundation is utilizing its funding.
“We’re very pleased to see something like this being made available to veterans. Our ability to legally pursue disability claims should not be hindered by our personal budgets.”Dennis Manuge
Canadian Armed Forces veteran and representative plaintiff in the SISIP class action