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Veterans Justice Outreach

The purpose of the Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) Program is to avoid the unnecessary criminalization of mental illness and extended incarceration among Veterans by ensuring that eligible justice-involved Veterans have timely access to VHA services as clinically indicated. Veterans Justice Outreach Specialists are responsible for direct outreach, assessment, and case management for justice-involved Veterans in local courts and jails, and liaison with local justice system partners.

Please note that VA cannot provide legal services. If you need legal assistance, please see www.statesidelegal.org/findinghelp or contact your local VJO Specialist who may know of community resources for legal assistance.

If you would like to learn more about Veterans Treatment Courts, please see the External Link Justice for Vets site.

Please see below for a list of VJO Specialist contacts. Specialists often work outside the office in jails and courts, and may have only periodic access to email – if there is no response within several days, please re-email the Specialist. Please provide your contact information and briefly describe your concern.

Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist Contacts

Alabama

Birmingham, Birmingham VA Medical Center, Ahmad Brewer

Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center, Natalie Hood

Tuskegee, Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System East Campus, Valarie Clark

Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska VA Healthcare System and Regional Office, Jeremiah Newbold 

Arizona

Phoenix, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Todd Dahl, Penny Miller 

Prescott, Northern Arizona VA Health Care System, George Lawson

Tucson, Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, Steve Wenzel 

Arkansas

Fayetteville, Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks, Carol Jackson

Little Rock, Central Arkansas Veteran Healthcare System John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital, Miranda WatkinsToby LambertRickey Phillips 

California

Fresno, VA Central California Health Care System, Susan Basmajian

Loma Linda, VA Loma Linda Healthcare System, Candace Andrews, Laura Rodriguez 

Long Beach, VA Long Beach Healthcare System, Julie Tomlinson

Los Angeles, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (GLA), Sergio AntoniukPamela Davis, Suzanne Dolan 

Mather, VA Northern California Health Care System, Leah Marie Norzagaray

Palo Alto, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Kristi WoodardDavid Grillo, Leah Emery, Frank Rainey 

San Diego, VA San Diego Healthcare System, Angela Simoneau, Joy Villavicencio 

San Francisco, San Francisco VA Medical Center, Kyong Yi , Kevin Wright 

Colorado

Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Clinic, Laura Sales 

Denver, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS), Todd BrossartNathan Viton 

Grand Junction, Grand Junction VA Medical Center, Rainy Reaman

Connecticut

Newington, VA Connecticut Healthcare System Newington Campus, Susie Gibbs 

West Haven, VA Connecticut Healthcare System West Haven Campus, Jessica Marshall, Varsha DuBose 

Delaware

Wilmington, Wilmington VA Medical Center, Cecilia Gonzalez

District of Columbia

Washington DC, Washington DC VA Medical Center, Karen Carrington 

(note: if you have a question about the national program, please see National Contact at the bottom of this page)

Florida

Bay Pines, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, Patrick Diggs, Loretta Cowell 

North Florida/South Georgia VA Health Care System (Gainesville and Lake City, FL), Charlotte MatthewsPaula AmbrosoMary McNeloms

Walter Castle Florida Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Wakulla counties; Georgia: Decatur, Grady, Mitchell counties

Wendy Snee Florida Clay, Duval, Nassau counties

Mary McNeloms Florida: Citrus, Lake Marion, Sumter counties

Paula Ambroso Florida: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy counties

Charlotte Matthews, Lead VJO Specialist Florida Columbia, Flagler, Hamilton, Madison, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee, Taylor counties; Georgia: Atkinson, Berrien, Brantley, Brooks, Camden, Charlton, Clinch, Colquitt, Cook, Echols, Lanier, Lowndes, Pierce, Thomas, Ware counties.

Miami, Miami VA Healthcare System, Giovanna Delgado

Orlando, Orlando VA Medical Center, Sherri Claudio, Kelly Fuchs, Angela First, Brian Kurz

Florida Panhandle, VA Gulf Coast Health Care System, Kathy Monson 

Tampa, James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital, Jarred MillerKristi Whitford 

West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach VAMC, Carla-Paula Dasilva, Jana Shiffert.

Georgia

Atlanta, Atlanta VA Medical Center, Robert HairstonThindwia CabinessWilliam Morrison 

Augusta, Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, Susan Schuster-Roat

Dublin, Carl Vinson VA Medical Center, Nekethia Smith 

Hawaii 

Honolulu, VA Pacific Islands Health Care System, Cheryl Reavis

Idaho 

Boise, Boise VA Medical Center, Josh Bode

Illinois

Chicago, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Ed Haycraft 

Danville, VA Illiana Health Care System, Rebecca Sanders 

Hines, Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, James SeminarotiTanya Smith-Jeffries 

Marion, Marion VA Medical Center, Richard Kulich

North Chicago, Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, Jessica Pinder 

Indiana

Fort Wayne, VA Northern Indiana Health Care System - Fort Wayne Campus, Eric Dungan, Rita Wynn 

Indianapolis, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center (Indianapolis VA Medical Center), Mark Mayhew

Iowa

Des Moines, Des Moines Division - VA Central Iowa Health Care System, Jennifer Miner, Ed Haycraft

Iowa City, Iowa City VA Medical Center, Sherri Koob 

Kansas

Leavenworth and Topeka, VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System, Mitchell Flesher

Wichita, Robert J. Dole Department of Veterans Affairs Medical and Regional Office Center, Rita Snider

Kentucky

Lexington, Lexington VA Medical Center, Janis Durham, Kathy Vasquez 

Louisville, Louisville VA Medical Center, Sonny HatfieldWilliam Mathis 

Louisiana

Alexandria/Pineville, Alexandria VA Medical Center, Bradley Allison, Mckenzie Gauthier

New Orleans, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, Lilia Valdez-Lindsley, Cindy Bradley  

Shreveport, Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, Marla Moore

Maine 

Augusta, Togus VA Medical Center, Anne Archibald

Maryland 

Baltimore, Baltimore VA Medical Center - VA Maryland Health Care System, Jovanni McLaughlin

Massachusetts

Bedford, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Thomas Palladino 

Boston, VA Boston Healthcare System, Jason McCall,  Denise Flynn 

Leeds, Northampton VA Medical Center, Marie DemareyKatherine Nicholas-Malvey 

Michigan 

Ann Arbor, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Melody Powers, Bradford Watkins 

Battle Creek, Battle Creek VA Medical Center, Karen HinderliterApril Coleman  

Detroit, John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Nanette Colling, Tracy Golliday-Champagne 

Iron Mountain, Iron Mountain VA Medical Center, Michael Matwyuk

Saginaw, Adela E. Lutz VA Medical Center, Kelly Walraven-Swartz, Carly Huffman

Minnesota 

Minneapolis, Minneapolis VA Medical Center, David Holewinski

St. Cloud, St. Cloud VA Medical Center, Michael Mathies, Connie Selden 

Mississippi

Biloxi, VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System, Kathy MonsonAlan Gordon 

Jackson, G.V. (Sonny) Mongomery VA Medical Center, Julia Burnett

Missouri 

Columbia, Harry S. Truman Memorial, Danielle Easter, Andrea Rogers

Fayetteville, AR (serves Southwest Missouri), Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks, Carol Jackson

Kansas City, Kansas City VA Medical Center, Kelly Winship 

Poplar Bluff, John J. Pershing VA Medical Center, Gary Helle 

St. Louis, St. Louis VA Medical Center - Jefferson Barracks Division, Matt Miller 

Montana

Fort Harrison, VA Montana Health Care System, Jeri AndersonJackie Merritt

Nebraska 

Omaha, Omaha Division - VA Nebraska Western Iowa Health Care System, Tami Osburn 

Nevada

Las Vegas, VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (VASNHS), Minerva De La Torre, Theresa Williams

Reno, VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System, Mary Ann Moss 

New Hampshire

Manchester, Manchester VA Medical Center, Diane Levesque

New Jersey

Lyons, Lyons Campus of the VA New Jersey Health Care System, Mark Correale 

New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico VA Health Care System, Camila Lopez

Farmington, New Mexico VA Health Care System,  Linda Shannon 

New York

Albany, Albany VA Medical Center: Samuel S. Stratton, Courtney Slade

Bath, Bath VA Medical Center, Ann Smith-Howles

Bronx, James J. Peters VA Medical Center (Bronx, NY), Siobhan Morris 

Buffalo, VA Western New York Healthcare System at Buffalo, John Lahood

Canandaigua, Canandaigua VA Medical Center, Vincent Schillaci 

Montrose, VA Hudson Valley Health Care System, Patrizia Perugini  

New York, Manhattan Campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, Denise Lukowski, Myrtho Gardiner

Northport, Northport VA Medical Center, Eric BrunoSteven Tillman 

Syracuse, Syracuse VA Medical Center, Kynna Murphy

North Carolina 

Asheville, Asheville VA Medical Center, Katharine Stewart

Durham, Durham VA Medical Center, Timothy Virgilio

Fayetteville, Fayetteville VA Medical Center, Curtis Morrow 

Salisbury, Salisbury - W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center, Carolyn Cardwell

North Dakota

Fargo, Fargo VA Medical Center, Clanci Barnhart 

Ohio

Chillicothe, Chillicothe VA Medical Center, Bobby Perkins

Cincinnati, Cincinnati VA Medical Center, Jennifer Wolfe and Ronald Michaelson 

Cleveland, Louis Stokes VA Medical Center, David ShawlsonTracey Walker-Askew, Dwayne Williams 

Columbus, Chalmers P. Wylie Ambulatory Care Center, Mary Gillette and Liz Gump 

Dayton, Dayton VA Medical Center, Teresa SichmanEdith Darden 

Oklahoma 

Muskogee, Jack C. Montgomery VAMC, Devan Brotherton and Paula Willcox 

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City VA Medical Center, Amber Ward

Oregon

Portland, Portland VA Medical Center, Belinda Maddy and Adam Watkins 

Roseburg, VA Roseburg Healthcare System, Susan Harrison

White City, VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics, Paul Skinner, Brooklyn Gartman

Pennsylvania

Altoona, Altoona - James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center, Bonnie Clark

Butler, VA Butler Healthcare, Brad Schaffer 

Coatesville, Coatesville Medical Center, Rhonda Sanford

Erie, Erie VA Medical Center, Jeffrey Natalie 

Lebanon, Lebanon VA Medical Center, Julie Bergstresser

Philadelphia, Philadelphia VA Medical Center, Margaret MaynardStefanie Rubin 

Pittsburgh, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Keather LikinsC. Denise Senft 

Wilkes-Barre, Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, Kim Sapolis

Puerto Rico

San Juan, VA Caribbean Healthcare System, Ghislaine Rivera 

Rhode Island 

Providence, Providence VA Medical Center, Rich Flynn

South Carolina 

Charleston, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Meredith Miller 

Columbia, Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center, Shirley Furtick

South Dakota 

Fort Meade, VA Black Hills Health Care System - Fort Meade Campus, Uzoma Obineche

Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls VA Medical Center, Rebecca Hess 

Tennessee

Memphis, Memphis VA Medical Center, Patricia Hines

Mountain Home, Mountain Home VA Medical Center, Brenda Hawthorne

Nashville, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Glen Wilbur, Amy Montgomery 

Texas

Amarillo, Amarillo VA Health Care System, Kathleen Caldwell

Austin, Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, Karen Janda 

Big Spring, West Texas VA Health Care System, Michelle Smith

Bonham, VA North Texas Health Care System, Melissa Stroop 

Corpus Christi, VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System, Chad Henderson, Yasisca Pujols

Dallas, VA North Texas Health Care System, Latisha Gaten, Kathy Finch 

El Paso, El Paso VA Health Care System, Ellyn Black, Jason Ramos

Houston, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Lorretta Coonan, Henry Molden 

San Antonio, South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Treva Neiss, James Beaumont 

Temple and Waco, Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, Rekita Justice Logan 

Utah

Salt Lake City, VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, Amy EarleCasey Burton 

Vermont

White River Junction, White River Junction VA Medical Center, Michael Owens

Virginia 

Hampton, Hampton VA Medical Center, Lilia Adams , La Barbara Williams

Richmond, Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, Robert Hedglen 

Salem, Salem VA Medical Center, Machele Huff

Washington 

Seattle, VA Puget Sound HCS, Kevin Devine and Randy Turner, Diana Belletti  

Spokane, Spokane VA Medical Center, Janice Mahurin 

Walla Walla, Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center, Rhonda Strother

West Virginia

Beckley, Beckley VA Medical Center, Jean Ohalloran 

Clarksburg, Clarksburg - Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, Richard W. Jones

Huntington, Huntington VA Medical Center, Tammy Miller 

Martinsburg, Martinsburg VA Medical Center, David Gowers 

Wisconsin

Madison, William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Ed Zapala

Milwaukee, Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Abigail ZiebellRosonna ComersDavid Kagabitang  

Tomah, Tomah VA Medical Center, Joseph Bishell

Wyoming

Cheyenne, Cheyenne VA Medical Center, Abigail Stark

Sheridan, Sheridan VA Medical Center, Amanda Wetz 


National Contact

If you have a question about the VJO national program, please contact Sean Clark. If you are seeking assistance with gaining access to VA health care for a justice-involved Veteran (yourself or another), please contact the VJO Specialist at the nearest VA medical center from the contact list above.

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