The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has announced that the state will provide legal services to deported military veterans from California, which is a huge victory for these often-overlooked veterans as they seek citizenship. California becomes the first to provide this legal help, which will be available to all deported veterans who formerly lived in California and were honorably discharged from the military. Many veterans mistakenly believed their military service automatically made them citizens. In other cases, the federal government failed to make sure these veterans followed the necessary procedures to become citizens. Read the original bill introduced by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher on the California Legislative website.
For more on legal assistance for the military, visit the Military.com Legal Assistance section.