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Supporting Our Heroes: Alternatives for Justice Involved Vets
November 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Justice reform impacts millions of Americans, including those who have served in the military. While most veterans are strengthened by their service, some struggle with substance use and mental health disorders, homelessness, and trauma – conditions that may lead to contact with the justice system. Instead of traditional sentencing, veterans treatment courts (VTC) provide justice-involved veterans with the structure, support, and resources they need to live productive lives. During this event, we’ll talk with formerly justice-involved veterans about the challenges that led to involvement in a VTC and how the program restored their lives. We’ll also explore how VTCs are transforming the justice system’s response to veterans, examine leading research, and discuss actions communities can take to establish or support a VTC.