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Montgomery County Veterans Service Commission Offers Free Legal Services To Vets

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Montgomery County veterans can now get free legal services on important — non-criminal — issues like foreclosure and eviction, debt collection and even estate planning.

The Montgomery County Veteran Services Commission is the first of Ohio’s 88 state offices to offer legal services to Veterans.

Attorney Steven Strain is the new full time legal counsel for the Commission. He’s been a longtime advocate for serving veterans in this way.

“Every veteran who calls here and says, I'd like to speak to an attorney, that is all it takes to come talk to me," he says. "And at the very minimum, I'm going to sit down face to face or over the phone, and I'm going to listen, for as long as it takes, to whatever legal issue they have — as many legal issues as they have.”

Strain says the commission can't help in criminal matters but he says an increasing need has been recognized and thinks the services they offer are a good fit with the Dayton VA’s other missions to help vets navigate the VA system, and provide medical, housing and transportation services.

Veterans needing legal assistance can find more information at 937-225-4801.

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