Veterans involved in the criminal justice system resulting in incarceration may still be entitled to their VA benefits. It's important that each incarcerated veterans make contact with their Health Care for Re-entry Veterans Program or VA re-entry specialist. There is a specialist assigned to each state. It may be possible to get your compensation benefit (Disability Compensation or Pension) and health benefits establish while still incarcerated. It is encouraged you read the Guidebook for California Incarcerated Veterans. The amount of benefits paid out to veterans who are incarcerated in a Federal, State, or local penal institution; depends on the type of benefit and reason for incarceration some benefits can be apportioned to the veteran's spouse for more information on benefits while incarcerated click here.
The Health Care for Re-entry Veterans (HCRV) Program is designed to address the community re-entry needs of incarcerated veterans. Contact for California: George Kennedy George.Kennedy@va.gov
Local Interagency Network Coordinators (LINC) has established collaborative partners that assist in the distribution of resources for veterans. LINC's have an extensive knowledge of the resources in their covered areas.
Health Care for Homeless Veterans Contracts (HCHV) provides emergency housing, shelter and treatment through local community providers. Local VA facilities contract with community agencies for beds which are available to veterans enrolled in VA Healthcare. Provide healthy and safe places to live.
There are many different resources for employment and education. Veterans are encouraged to start at the Employment Development Department (EDD). EDD assists veterans and their eligible spouses maximize their employment and training opportunities. Veterans are entitled to many resources designed to help in their search for employment.
The EDD veterans' representatives specialize in assisting veterans in their efforts to return to work and are located in many local EDD offices. Services provided include a veteran 24-hour priority hold on all job listings, customized job search assistance, job fairs, employer recruitments, and other events and resources.
Veterans are encouraged to schedule an appointment with an EDD veterans' representative for personalized services and assistance to achieve professional goals.
Eligibility – VA can pay certain benefits to Veterans who are incarcerated in a Federal, State, or local penal institution; however, the amount depends on the type of benefit and reason for incarceration. For more information: