Justice For Vets Featured on The Atlantic and National Journal Panel
Culture Shock: Vets and the Battle Back Home
On the morning of Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, The Atlantic and National Journal hosted their annual Editorial Briefing, this year centered on veterans and the battles faced after service. The event was moderated by The Atlantic Washington Editor at Large Steve Clemons and gathered policymakers, actors, active duty and retired military members and more to discuss the obstacles and opportunities facing out veterans today, and the growing need to expand solutions such as Veterans Treatment Courts.
A standing room only crowd that featured Yahoo News correspondent Katie Couric was on hand to see Justice For Vets Senior Director Melissa Fitzgerald join an impressive lineup of speakers which included Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR); Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI); Patrick Murphy, host of MSNBC’s “Taking the Hill”; Colonel James Isenhower, III, Director of the Chairman's Office of Reintegration; Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of Ashley’s War; Chris Marvin, Managing Director of Got Your 6; Colonel Steve Parker, Executive Director of Joining Forces; and Michelle Monaghan, star of the gripping film Fort Bliss.
Fitzgerald spoke about the resiliency of our veterans, even those whose invisible wounds had led them astray, and drove home to the crowd the need for Veterans Treatment Courts to connect them with benefits and treatment. “In Veterans Treatment Court the courtroom truly becomes a place of healing,” she said. “I am so proud to report that today, over 11,000 veterans who would otherwise be incarcerated are receiving life-saving treatment in Veterans Treatment Courts.” At hearing this news the capacity crowd erupted into applause.
From L to R: The full panel, Melissa Fitzgerald discusses Veterans Treatment Courts, Yahoo News’ Katie Couric asks a question of the panel, Director of the Chairman’s Office of Reintegration Colonel James Isenhower, III and fellow panelists share a laugh. (Photos Courtesy of Max Taylor for The Atlantic)