2015 AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, Benjamin Butler

Benjamin Butler

Name of Host Organization: Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc.
City, State: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Issue area: Employment, Criminal Records Relief
Sponsors: AmeriCorps; Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc.

The Project

Benjamin Butler will provide direct representation to income eligible Veterans to help improve the lives of low income and homeless Veterans by providing legal services that untimely lead to higher incomes, better health, safer housing, and family stability.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project: 
Veterans frequently face complex legal problems that stem from mental and physical injuries sustained during service. These issues, if left unresolved can lead to serious obstacles for Veterans. This program will focus on assisting with the legal needs of Veterans, in order to help to avoid or overcome these obstacles in order to achieve a better quality of life for Veterans.
What's Next: 
In the next six months, Benjamin Butler plans to: • Reach out to and inform the Veteran Community of resources that may be available to them • Assist income eligible veterans with legal issues they may have. • Educate the community, and encourage participation through events aimed at helping veterans.
The Right Person For This Project: 
Benjamin Butler is the right name for this project because: • The time he spent as a solo practitioner has helped to develop skills that will be necessary to help assist Veterans with the complex legal issues that they face. • He is extremely excited to have this opportunity to help serve others and provide a service to those who need it the most and to help change their life in a positive direction.

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