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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.

 

 

Veterans incarcerated white paper

 

 

 

Planning for Your Release
A Guide for Incarcerated Veterans

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