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Help available for Veterans facing municipal citations


January 11, 2023

Milwaukee , WI — In an effort to aid struggling Veterans, the Milwaukee VA has partnered with Milwaukee Municipal Court Judge Phil Chavez to offer a free virtual event to help resolve any municipal citations Veterans are facing.

Any Veteran who has a municipal citation from the city of Milwaukee can take part in the event, which will be 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7.

During the event, Veterans will meet with Chavez, and he will lay out options to help ease the penalties of the citations or to resolve them.

“These non-criminal offenses can have a huge effect on their lives,” Chavez said. “The goal is to help get them through the situation they are in and get them on the right path so it doesn’t happen again.”

Municipal citations can range from minor traffic offenses and health code violations to vandalism and first-offense drunken driving. The event only covers Milwaukee city citations; Milwaukee County offenses are not included, nor are more serious offenses in which criminal charges are imposed.

  • What: Veterans legal assistance for Milwaukee city municipal citations.
  • When: 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7
  • Where: Virtual. The Milwaukee VA will provide a private space for Veterans to meet virtually with Judge Chavez.
  • Who: Any Veteran who has an outstanding Milwaukee city municipal citation.
  • How to participate: Veterans should contact Michelle Watts at 414-374-6147 or Abby Ziebell at 414-882-3375 by Jan. 27.


NOTE TO MEDIA: Please include this in your community calendars! If you are interested in doing a story about this initiative, please contact Milwaukee VA Public Affairs Specialist David Walter at 414-384-2000, ext. 45176, or

An identical event took place Nov. 29. Learn more here.

Media contacts

David Walter, Public Affairs Specialist

414-384-2000, ext. 45176

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