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Veterans Outreach Court Returns to Help Homeless

Local government agencies and veterans groups will join together again this year for Veterans Outreach Court, an annual event designed to help homeless and low-income military veterans resolve legal problems.

The free event will be held 9AM to 3PM Friday, November 9, 2018 at the James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital Primary Care Annex, 13515 Lake Terrace Lane in Tampa. About 50 veterans were assisted during last year’s event and organizers hope to reach even more this year.

Participating agencies include the 13th Judicial Circuit, the Hillsborough County Clerk of Court & Comptroller, the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office, the Hillsborough Public Defender’s Office, Hillsborough County Veterans Services, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and various local Veterans organizations.

Circuit Judge Daryl Manning, a veteran of the U.S. Army himself, knows firsthand the sacrifice and service our veterans have offered our country.  That’s why he is so passionate about this type of outreach. “Veterans Outreach Court is not a hand out, but a helping hand up.  It’s a way we can help these men and women veterans get back on their feet by quickly resolving some of their legal issues.  They certainly have earned this kind of support”.

Participants must register in advance by Friday, October 19 using this online form. Participation will be determined by income. Driving and court records will be reviewed in advance.  Qualified participants will receive a notice in the mail of their scheduled time. The Notice of Hearing will be mailed by Monday, October 15. You may also view your case online.  Anyone ineligible will be contacted by phone. 

Cases excluded from this event include domestic violence, child support, felonies with active warrants and those pending in Veterans Court. A consultation with an attorney in those cases is recommended.