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New program to offer free legal advice to Florida veterans

Posted at 5:24 PM, Nov 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-11 17:24:47-05

(WTXL) — Attorney General Ashley Moody announced a new program to help veterans across the state.

A statewide helpline will offer free legal advice for military veterans. The call center will be based out of Bay Area Legal Services, that's a Tampa-based non-profit.

Dick Woltmann is the CEO. He says veterans are struggling and they've earned the right to our support.

"They have put themselves in very difficult positions to protect us and for those that need protection, it's now our turn to step up," said Woltmann.

Wotlmann's team will soon add six attorneys. They'll focus on helping veterans with housing, illegal evictions and getting benefits-earned while in service.

Florida is home to more than 1.5 million veterans. That's the third most in the country.