Operation Legal Help Ohio – Pro Bono Legal Help for Ohio Veterans

Please watch this video to learn more about Operation Legal Help Ohio.

Then go to our website http://www.olhohio.org/ if you are an Ohio veteran needing legal help, an Ohio lawyer wishing to volunteer your time or you wish to donate to this important cause.

Ohio has over 600,000 veterans, the sixth largest state veteran population in the United States.

USMC Reserve LTC Michael McCarthy joined Operation Legal Help Ohio (OLHO) in 2016 as the Executive Director. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of the organization and the execution of the mission. 


About Us

Operation Legal Help Ohio (OLHO) is a non-profit founded in 2013 to meet the unmet legal needs of Ohio’s brave men and women who have served in the Armed Forces.

Our mission is to marshal volunteer legal resources to help veterans and servicemembers avoid homelessness, remove barriers to employment, and protect their physical, mental and financial health.

OLHO connects veterans and servicemembers who meet eligibility requirements with our statewide network of volunteer attorneys.

Legal Assistance

is provided for the following legal matters:

  • Landlord/Tenant Issues & Evictions
  • Credit Card Debt & Other Consumer Issues
  • Uncontested Divorce or Dissolution
  • Wills & Advance Directives
  • VA Benefits Appeals
  • Expungement of Criminal Records
  • Driver’s License Reinstatement


While an Ohio Supreme Court Justice, Evelyn Lundberg Stratton was focused on finding a path to assist Ohio’s veterans and servicemembers who experienced challenges within the legal system.

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Retired Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton

She first urged the creation of Veterans’ Treatment Courts, a diversion program targeted at rehabilitating veterans facing criminal charges, rather than punishing them.

Stratton found that many of the veterans she encountered had issues with civil justice, not just criminal matters, and she was determined to build a program that would offer civil legal representation to those who could not afford to hire a lawyer.

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