Civil legal aid advocates help eligible low-income and elderly New Hampshire residents preserve public benefits that stabilize their income and their ability to be contributing members of their local communities and economies. Attorneys and paralegals assist individuals and families with eligibility issues for unemployment compensation, state assistance programs such as food stamps, Medicaid and cash benefits for families, and municipal welfare programs.
Horace's Legal Aid Success Story
Horace* graduated from basic training with the military on his 18th birthday.
“I’m just patriotic, I guess. I wanted to serve,” he said, reflecting on his two years in the Air Force and his decision to re-enlist in the National Guard when he returned home to Littleton.
During his time with the Guard, he suffered a back injury that left him with herniated disks, unable to lift much weight, or stand or sit for extended periods of time. It effectively ended his career in construction and trucking.
“They told me I’d be in a wheelchair by the time I hit 60, . . . but when I applied for Social Security, they denied I had a disability,” Horace said.
“I was really at a loss, I didn’t know what to do,” he said.
An NHLA advocate worked with Horace to secure his benefits.
“If it wasn’t for (my advocate) I would still be fighting to get my disability benefits. I wouldn’t have gotten it if she hadn’t directed me through that maze. I never wanted to be rich, but it’s made my life so I can tolerate it. It’s just made such a difference. I’m no longer on food stamps. It gave me back some of my pride.”
*Client name has been changed