New legal aid program for veterans launched

Jim Kowalski, JALA president and CEO, said the effort to fund the statewide program is the first money approved for civil legal aid by the state Legislature.

News Story (Florida)

Max Marbut
Jacksonville Daily Record
November 27, 2019

Tags: Funding: State & Local, Veterans

Organizations mentioned/involved: Jacksonville Area Legal Aid (JALA)


Florida has not until this initiative budgeted money for legal help to low-income residents, other than those facing criminal charges, he said.

Development of the program began two years ago and was made possible by the efforts of JALA, along with Bay Area Legal Services in Tampa and other legal aid firms, the state Department of Veterans Affairs, United Way, state Rep. Travis Cummings and state Sen. Rob Bradley, Kowalski said.

Bradley said veterans represent a special category of residents, based on the sacrifices they make in order to serve.

“We have an obligation to make sure they have the care that they need, the advice that they need, the direction they need and the resources they need,” Bradley said.