Redwood area veterans have the opportunity today to have legal questions answered for free.

From 8 a.m. until noon at the Redwood County government center in Redwood Falls, the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) is hosting a free drop-in legal clinic for all veterans.

The event, which is being held in conjunction with the Redwood County veterans services office, is offered to help veterans with a variety of issues varying from child support to veteran benefits.

According to Ryan Frank, MACV regional case manager, staff from MACV, the local veterans service officer, attorneys and child support officers will be on hand to help veterans by answering questions or filling out forms they need.

There is no need to make an appointment.

“The attorneys are working pro bono during the legal clinic,” said Frank. “All veterans have to do is show up.”

Those who plan to attend need to bring a valid veteran ID (form DD214), said Frank, adding any pertinent paperwork also should be brought along to allow those assisting the best information to provide that help.

The MACV is a non-profit entity dedicated to helping veterans with various issues they are facing, and Frank said.

Even those who are currently facing other issues, such as homelessness, are encouraged to attend to allow those providing the clinic the chance to help them with finding the veteran’s benefits for which they qualify.

Those who need help with employment issues, debt collection, expungement, family law or other legal issues are welcome to attend the event. Signs are going to be posted at the government center guiding veterans to the location of the clinic.

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