More than 40 lawyers recently attended a training workshop, held by the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative’s Legal & Re-Entry working group, to be better prepared to help veterans.
As the city strives to end veteran homelessness, many veterans with bad discharges or those who face legal and financial hardship are unable to receive services. With the passage of Proposition 47, certain low-level, non-violent felonies can now be changed to misdemeanors.
According to the Los Angeles County Veterans Study, 43 percent of pre-9/11 and 36 percent of post-9/11 veterans needed legal assistance. These types of efforts show how the collaborative is using local data to drive community efforts.