American patriots have put on the uniform of this country and placed themselves in harm’s way on behalf of all of us. Yet, as many servicemembers re-enter the civilian population, they find jobs scarce, their military skills in low demand, and their financial resources strained or limited.
Consequently, servicemembers and veterans may find it difficult to pay their rent, face high credit card debt, experience unemployment, or even struggle to maintain a healthy and lasting marriage. Presented with these challenges, many American heroes quickly find themselves in the middle of our civil justice system without the resources necessary to retain a lawyer for assistance.
The Ohio Military/Veterans Legal Assistance Project was founded to help provide legal representation to the brave men and women of this nation who are and have put themselves in harm’s way to protect our country and serve us all.
While an Ohio Supreme Court Justice, Evelyn Lundberg Stratton was focused on finding a path to assist Ohio’s veterans and servicemembers who faced issues with our legal system. She first urged the creation of Veterans’ Courts, a diversion program targeted at helping veterans facing criminal charges, rather than simply punishing them. But Stratton also found that many of the veterans she encountered had issues with civil justice, not just criminal matters, and she was determined to build a program which would offer civil legal representation to those veterans who could not afford to hire a lawyer.