Swords to Plowshares and CCSF Veterans Services came together in the Fall semester of 2020 in collaboration to support our student Veterans. Swords to Plowshares is a Bay Area - based nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting all veterans every step of the way" 

Swords to Plowshares Values:

Mission Vision Philosophy

War causes wounds and suffering that last beyond the battlefield. Swords to Plowshares’ mission is to heal the wounds of war, to restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and to prevent and end homelessness and poverty among veterans.

All veterans will have access to the care and services they need to rebuild their lives. Our model of care is based on the philosophy that the obstacles veterans face — including homelessness, unemployment and disability — are interrelated and require an integrated network of support.


Swords to Plowshares Legal Pro Bono Program

Swords to Plowshares is proud to provide free legal services to veterans seeking access to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and assistance with military discharge upgrade applications through the Department of Defense.


Intakes every Monday, 1-4pm 

The Legal Services Unit at Swords to Plowshares helps veterans access VA disability benefits and healthcare, including those with less than honorable discharges. Our attorneys represent clients free of charge in VA disability benefits matters and military discharge upgrades. (Please note that we do not assist with VA education benefits issues.) 

Every Monday from 1-4pm our intake team will be available to meet with students to conduct an eligibility screen and initial intake, and to schedule a time to meet with an attorney on Swords’ legal team. Meetings with the attorneys will typically take place the following Tuesday morning. 

Our services are limited to the following: 

  • Helping San Francisco residents with VA disability benefits claims, as well as VA eligibility issues for those with less-than-honorable discharges, and
  • Helping veterans who live in San Francisco and the surrounding counties with military discharge upgrade matters.

We help veterans regardless of discharge status, the era of service, or length of service. Please note - we cannot guarantee representation or ongoing assistance. 

COVID 19 Update: Swords’ Legal Unit is no longer conducting in-person client meetings, but we continue to meet with veterans via phone and video conference.  

To make an appointment: Stop by the CCSF Veteran Services Virtual Help Counter on Monday between 1-4pm to meet with our intake team. If you cannot attend the Virtual Help Counter during those hours, please contact Swords’ Intake Specialist Rebecca Beville at rebecca.beville@stp-sf.org or 415.798.8387 to set up an appointment.