A legal clinic will be available for veterans twice a month at Long Beach City College Liberal Arts Campus thanks to Mental Health Advocacy Services (MHAS), a nonprofit organization that provides free legal services to people with mental disabilities in L.A. County.

The free service, which started on Valentine's Day, is possible through MHAS' Behavioral Health-Legal Partnership Upholding Veterans’ Progress (BeHeLP-UP) Project, which aims to improve veterans’ ability to thrive by helping them overcome barriers to housing stability, employment and self-sufficiency, according to a release.

Any United States military veteran who may need legal assistance with unpaid traffic tickets or financial debt is welcome to attend one of the scheduled clinics.

Vanessa Lim, an attorney and Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps fellow, will be on site to help with any questions or issues.

“We hope to empower individuals to overcome structural and legal barriers and achieve long-term success and stability," Lim said in the release.

Clinics will be every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, with the next clinic available on Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Long Beach City College Liberal Arts Campus is at 4901 E. Carson St. The clinic will take place at the Veteran's Service Office, Building E.

For more information, call (213) 389-2077.

—Stephanie Stutzman

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