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Thomas Hogan

  • Hosted by Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.
  • Sponsored by AmeriCorps
  • Service location Geneva, New York
  • Law school Syracuse University College of Law
  • Issue area Veterans' Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Veterans Legal Corps

The Project

Thomas provides civil legal representation to veterans and their families in the Finger Lakes, NY area, addressing housing, access to public benefits, access to VA benefits, estate planning, foreclosure, tax issues and information on workplace/housing discrimination. Thomas also works with the local VA medical center in Canandaigua, NY, where he determines the best way to assist veterans and their families, based on Legal Assistance of Western New York’s available resources.

Currently, Thomas works on a housing hotline for veterans, available twice a week. At the Canandaigua VA Medical Center’s nursing facility, he works with veteran clients looking to execute wills and advanced directives. Thomas also refers clients to other community partners such as the New York National Guard Family Center, and has acted as co-counsel with other attorneys in his office when they are representing a veteran, to make sure they are aware of all resources available to them.

The Inspiration

Both Thomas’ father and grandfather served the country in different branches of the armed services. His ultimate passion comes from “helping those who have given so much to protect our nation,” he says. Thomas finds that even the briefest conversations he has with veterans can provide a sense of relief for issues they have been dealing with for years.

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