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In our ongoing commitment to ensure every justice-involved veteran receive the help they need, Justice for Vets is honored to announce the launch of its newest online resource, is home to the most current news, information, and resources for Veterans Treatment Courts and is a critical resource for anyone working with justice-involved veterans in a Drug Court, Mental Health Court, DWI Court, on probation or on other community correction dispositions.

As increasing numbers of combat veterans return from duty overseas, more needs to be done on helping these individuals adapt back to community life. Without adequate supports to ensure that these veterans are receiving appropriate mental health care many will go on to develop trauma-related disorders. With as many as 17 percent of returning veterans developing PTSD and other mental illnesses, the need for proactive initiatives becomes more and more apparent. When these disorders go untreated, there is an increased risk that these veterans will become involved in the justice system.

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Gambill on Justice
Veterans, Data Privacy, Justice Reform, Justcia en La America Latina, Homelessness

In the public response to Iraq-Afghanistan veterans returning to society and ending up in our justice systems there has been much that has been taken for granted. The desire to compensate for the shortcomings manifest in our prior responses to the return of Vietnam and Vietnam-era veterans led us to assume a great deal without really pinning down our understanding of the problem or problems involved. In the public eye, the Veterans Treatment Courts have become the public response to the wave of returning veterans ending up in Justice in the wake of the current conflicts. I do not agree with this assessment. I believe Veterans Courts are merely one response, yet by no means the ideal response.

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To support VVA's philosophy and principles on a wide range of issues, the VVA Constitution establishes a number of key standing committees. The Veterans Incarcerated Committee function and purpose is described therein as follows:

"The Veterans Incarcerated Committee shall develop programs of awareness with regard to the special needs of veterans who are presently or formerly incarcerated. The Committee shall act as liaison with the State Councils and Chapter Veterans Incarcerated Committees, and with members of VVA who are incarcerated."

The VVA Strategic Plan, approved by the VVA Board of Directors in 1996, further defines the Committee's functions, and this is detailed in the Committee's mission statement and work plan.

Mission Statement:

Provide benefits and services not currently being provided to veterans incarcerated by researching Department of Corrections Regulations for each state which might enable us to implement new programs for veterans and by building cooperation at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Awareness Subcommittee -- Increase the sensitivity of our membership to the issues which affect veterans incarcerated; publicize, through the print media and public appearances, the various successful programs for veterans incarcerated which can be established by each state in their institutions.
Rules and Regulations Subcommittee -- Work with various State Department of Corrections, in each state which has a State Council, to develop a program tailored to that state's needs and provide information about services that are available to veterans who are incarcerated.

committee report

Veterans incarcerated white paper

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