Veteran statutes are designed to help military and veterans by taking into account their military service. Tell your attorney you are a veteran. Make sure the criminal statutes which relate to military personnel and veterans are invoked to help you if they apply.
VJOs and JOWs can visit veterans in jail. They can verify veteran status and benefits, get records, arrange treatment, and provide other services. Attorneys, family members, and others, can also contact them for assistance with veteran cases.
See below for contact information for Veterans Administration Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) or a Jail Outreach Worker (JOW) in the Los Angeles area.
firstname.lastname@example.org (JOW) – (310) 597-5016
email@example.com (JOW) – (310) 864-1292
raymond. firstname.lastname@example.org (JOW) – (310) 709-7302
email@example.com (JOW) – (310) 597-3542
firstname.lastname@example.org (VJO) – (213) 253-2677 ext 24786
email@example.com (VJO) – (310) 597-3495
The Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative – Legal and ReEntry Working Group has put together a printable pamphlet with this information.
‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ (DADT) affected the discharge status of many Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) soldiers. Since it was repealed in 2011 an upgrade in status may be available. Outserve SLDN is an advocacy group that can provide free assistance with the process.