Legal Support for an Unjustly Imprisoned Vietnam Veteran
Organized by: John Culver
As a teenager, John Micheal "Mike" Stuart voluntarily enlisted in the United States Navy during the height of the Vietnam War. He successfully completed Seabee training and subsequently served a tour at Cam Ranh Bay Naval Station. During his time in country he was exposed to both Agent Orange and considerable trauma. Following an honorable discharge from the military he returned to his native Colorado to work as both a firefighter and mechanic. Immediately prior to his imprisonment, Mike was diagnosed with relatively advanced Parkinson's disease. Unfortunately, his mental struggles coincided with several misdemeanor charges that led him to be jailed in the Pueblo County Detention Center. He is currently incapable of managing his finances from inside jail, and has been unable to secure legal support of any kind. For whatever reason he has been held in maximum security solitary confinement for the past 3 months. He has not been offered a bond of any kind, and his next court date is scheduled for early March. I believe that with proper legal assistance Mike would promptly be removed from solitary confinement and transferred to a VA hospital. In an inpatient setting he could receive essential health care while his misdemeanor charges are addressed. I will use any donated funds to hire a private attorney to address his medical-legal issues in a competent, timely manner.