July 1, 2016

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Group offers free legal aid to soldiers

Low-income military servicemen and servicewomen may qualify for free legal representation thanks to a new program.

The Ohio Military/Veterans Legal Assistance Project offers advice about issues such as credit card debt and rental evictions to veterans and active-duty servicemen and servicewomen in Medina, Summit, Wayne, Stark and Portage counties.

Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, a former Ohio Supreme Court justice and president of the project, said it’s important to give back to veterans for their service.

“Regrettably, many veterans who return to civilian life find no jobs and therefore run up their credit cards, or can’t pay their rent,” Stratton said. “They are pulled into our justice system, but can’t afford a lawyer to help them.

“Thankfully, there are numerous lawyers in the Akron community willing to help veterans without charging a legal fee.”

The Legal Assistance Project was established in March and provided legal representation to military men and women in seven counties in central Ohio. Medina County and the other four counties in the Akron area are the project’s second service area.

To contact the center, call (877) 759-6182 or visit www.mlvap.org.

“We are excited that Akron is the second area in the network,” Executive Director Mike Renner said, “and we are certain that other communities such as Cleveland, Cincinnati, Youngstown, Toledo, Lima, Mansfield and many others will soon follow.”

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