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If you’re a veteran, you may want to keep tabs on this. Recently, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) launched “Serving Those Who Serve”, an initiative to connect soldiers with services to aid their entry into civilian life. Details are still forthcoming, but a main focus is to provide consumer protection for veterans, military spouses, and families through consumer education and enforcement action.


“Serving Those Who Serve” is the result of the NAAG’s annual Presidential Summit. Yost, who currently serves as NAAG President, invited representatives from several branches of the military to discuss opportunities for the attorneys general to drive change for the better. Each year, the incumbent NAAG President identifies a cause to champion for the duration of their one-year term.


Yost is no stranger to working with other states on these issues. Most notably he participated in a multistate settlement in 2021 that shut down the fraudulent charity Healing Heroes. Hero Giveaways, LLC, the business behind Healing Heroes, solicited donations with the promise that 100% of proceeds would be dedicated to helping wounded warriors. Instead, the money landed in the pockets of professional fundraisers and the organization’s founders. Ohio donors contributed more than $500,000 in response to the deceptive mailers and telephone solicitations.


We’re glad to see a focus on these issues and hopeful to see more outcomes that support our veterans and protect them from predatory behavior. All too often, veterans miss out on benefits to which they’re entitled, either because they’re unaware of what’s available, or have been erroneously denied. Our attorneys are passionate about helping you get the assistance you deserve and are experienced in navigating the complicated VA benefits process. If you or a member of your family is a veteran, we can help you explore your eligibility and ensure applications are submitted correctly to avoid any delays or hiccups.


Like all developments in veterans’ services, we’ll continue to monitor the progress from “Serving Those who Serve” and share it with you. In the meantime, know that we’re here to serve you with heart and make the system work for you.

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If you’re starting to feel like you get a disproportionate share of illegal robocalls, you might be right. According to the Federal Trade Commission, Ohio ranks second in the nation for Do Not Call Registry complaints per capita. As scams continue to rise, it’s more important than ever to know how to protect yourself.


In 2020, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost created the state’s Robocall Enforcement Unit, a team of attorneys and investigators dedicated to holding accountable the companies involved in the illegal calls. Most recently, Yost and seven other attorney generals achieved a court judgement that shut down a robocall operation responsible for more than 69 million robocalls to Ohioans alone; nearly half of which were registered to the Do Not Call list.


Despite the scope of this win, it’s still only a small dent in a larger problem. Savvy illegal robocall operators continue to find new ways to trick their victims. One such tactic is spoofing. Scammers falsify the information displayed on your caller ID to convince you to pick up the phone. They may disguise their identity by displaying a number with your local area code, or even the number of a legitimate company or government agency.


What to Do if You Receive a Robocall?


Your best defense is to not answer calls from numbers you don’t recognize. If it seems like the caller might be legitimate but you can’t be sure, check the consumer complaint database to see if the business has previously been reported.


If you realize you’ve unwittingly answered a robocall, hang up immediately. Do not answer any questions, not even those that seem innocuous, or only require a yes or no. Be particularly wary of aggressive sales tactics or callers asking you to confirm your social security number, bank information, or passwords. And certainly, don’t follow any prompts, such as those instructing you to “press 1” to be removed from the caller’s list. These can be a mechanism for identifying potential victims.


How Should You Report a Robocall?


You can report robocalls to Ohio’s Robocall Enforcement Unit through one of the following methods:


– Text “ROBO to 888111

– Visit

– Or Call 1.800.282.0515


You can also report unwanted calls to the FTC. If you did not lose any money as a result of the scam call, you can report it via; but if it caused a financial loss, use the form found at


What Else Can You Do?


Be sure to add all your phone numbers to the National Do Not Call Registry. You can register or verify an existing registration at PCMag also offers some tips on how to block unwanted calls on your cell phone, plus a round-up of resources provided by cellular carriers and a list of reputable call screening apps to consider.


While robocalls remain a burgeoning problem, Ohio’s Robocall Enforcement Unit continues to go after bad actors at every level––from the carriers who facilitate the behavior to the individuals who make the calls. Their multipronged approach provides hope that some relief is possible. In the meantime, hang in there, and most importantly, hang up.