Veterans Incarcerated Committee
Planning for Your Release
Justice For Vets Launches New Website to Improve Services to Justice-Involved Veterans
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, www.JusticeForVets.org.
Veterans and the Justice System
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.
Gambill on Justice
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.
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 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.
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.