Important Update

Mission Accomplished


Having accomplished its original mission of increasing the availability of civil legal services for low-income veterans and active-duty military, and to increase the number of attorneys willing to assist with those civil legal needs, Operation Legal Help Ohio has decided it is time to fold its operations into other resources that now exist to help with these special needs.

The board of directors for Operation Legal Help Ohio has therefore voted to close OLHO and to cease operations, effective January 31, 2020.  The organization will no longer accept any new referrals after close of business on Friday, December 13, closing its intake portals at the end of the day.  Future inquires will be directed to the appropriate Ohio Legal Aid or to online assistance through www.ohiolegalhelp.org

In its nearly seven years of operation, OLHO:
  • provided civil legal help to low-income veterans and service members across the state by recruiting, training and supporting nearly 500 volunteer attorneys who agreed to represent those veterans and servicemembers at no charge;
  • staffed and provided civil legal service and information to many other low-income veterans through brief advice clinics held monthly at VA facilities around the state;
  • partnered with criminal defense attorneys to help address the civil needs of low-income veterans involved in the criminal justice system or who were participating in Veterans Treatment Courts; and
  • sponsored or spoke at CLEs and conferences through its years of operation, which educated attorneys on military-related legal issues and enabled those attorneys to recognize and address legal problems unique to those who chose to serve and protect all Ohioans.
By collaborating with Ohio's Legal Aids, Veterans Treatment Courts, The Department of Veterans Services, military service organizations, county veterans service organizations and other service providers, OLHO helped those organizations to understand how solving critical civil legal problems can enable a low-income veteran or service member to gain a foothold on a stable and secure life.  As a result, more resources are now available to address those legal problems, including funding through the Ohio General Assembly for veteran support for the legal aid organizations which did not exist when the organization was founded.

In addition, the Ohio State Bar Association Military and Veterans Affairs Committee and the Attorney General Task Force Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs will continue to advocate for issues related to our veterans and military.

With gratitude and appreciation for those who have served and for those who have stepped up to support those who have served, Operation Legal Help Ohio has accomplished its mission.  Thank you all for your help, and thanks to our veterans and active military for your service to our country.

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