What is Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO)?
Role of the VJO
The VJO is present at every Veterans Court session and is available to provide a healthcare assessmentand plan for linkage to needed VA and community services. This plan is communicated with the Veteran'sconsent. (this statement is taken from the attached e-mail sent by the National Director, VA Justice Programs)
Who is a qualified Veteran? To qualify for VA Health Care you need to have:
- A DD214 (a copy of you discharge papers). If you do not have one, one can be requested for you via VA Enrollment
- An Honorable or General discharge
- Served Active Duty
- After 9/9/1980,served at least 2 years active duty or any amount of time in Iraq or Afghanistan
- National Guard and Reserves must have been called up for duty
How do I make an appointment with the VJO?
Veterans can make an appointment with the Veterans Justice Outreach by contacting: (561)422-8259 or use the link on the right for information.
Mason Youell, LCSW - Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist 15th Judicial Circuit
Mr. Mason Youell graduated from Barry University with his Master's Degree in Social Work in 2007. After completing his MSW program Mr. Youell relocated to NC where he specialized in supporting individuals with substance use disorders and severe and persistent mental illness. In 2012 Mr. Youell began working at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC. During his tenure at that medical center Mr. Youell worked in Home Based Primary Care, Medical Foster Home, Mental Health Clinic, HUD-VASH, and Grant and Per Diem programs.
In June of 2015 Mr. Youell moved back to south Florida and began working for the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center as the Homeless Outreach Social Worker. In May 2016 he was given the opportunity to serve as the Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist for the 15th Judicial Circuit.