‘Mission United’ targets help to Florida’s post-9/11 veterans
Marine Corps veteran Dylan Howerton had a legal problem he couldn’t solve: he wanted to divorce his wife, who left him three years ago.
But she never had the same address long enough to serve her with divorce papers, and he couldn’t find a lawyer to help.
Enter Legal Aid, whose officials told Howerton they could get him a divorce even if they couldn’t find his wife.
“It was like a big burden was lifted off my chest, because I don’t have to worry about being married to someone I don’t even know anymore,” said Howerton, 23, who served two tours in Afghanistan and now lives in Hollywood with his 3-year-old daughter, Hayden.
Howerton and Legal Aid’s matchmaker is Mission United, a new effort by the United Way of Broward County to help 110,00 local veterans, with an emphasis on aiding veterans of the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Read more in the Sun Sentinel about how Mission United assists veterans in south Florida, from help finding a job to a replacement air conditioning unit.