The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken an unprecedented toll on our men and women in uniform. While most return home strengthened by their service, far too many struggle in their effort to readjust to life outside the military. Often, mental health issues are compounded by substance abuse, family strife, unemployment, and homelessness; ultimately leading to incarceration. Justice For Vets has developed a strategy to give veterans the care they have earned while keeping them out of jail and giving them the tools they need to once again live as productive citizens.
Our holistic approach impacts every aspect of their lives, and is having a dramatic effect on the most pressing issues facing veterans today, including:
Veteran Homelessness - One third of America’s homeless are veterans; on any given night 67,000 veterans are on the streets. The majority suffer from substance abuse, mental illness, or co-occurring disorders.
Justice For Vets provides an effective stop-gap to prevent future homelessness.
Veteran Unemployment – The unemployment rate for post 9/11 veterans is 10%, which is higher than the national average.
Justice For Vets connect veterans with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs education and training benefits they have earned, as well as other local, state and federal resources aimed at putting veterans back to work.
Veteran Criminal Convictions - Justice For Vets gives veterans the opportunity to not only address their clinical and behavioral needs, but to also avoid the stigma and life-long consequences of a felony conviction.
Veteran Suicide - 18 veterans commit suicide every day in the United States.
Justice For Vets stops suicides by ensuring at-risk veterans are quickly assessed upon entering the criminal justice system and provided appropriate treatment and supervision.
Military Sexual Trauma - In 2010, over 19,000 sexual assaults were reported in the military and 108,121 male and female veterans screened positive for military sexual trauma. Over 20% of the women who serve in the military will be sexually assaulted.
Justice For Vets brings together broad coalitions of community support so that victims of military sexual assault who are in Veterans Treatment Court can receive the individualized care they need.
Veteran Mental Health Disorders - Since 2004, the number of veterans being treated for mental illness and substance-use disorders has increased 38%. It is estimated that out of the over 2.4 million veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, approximately 460,000 (20%) suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or major depression.
Justice For Vets ensures that all justice-involved veterans who have experienced trauma receive the mental health treatment and services they have earned, and the support to live as productive, mentally-stable citizens.
Veteran Substance Abuse - One in six post 9/11 veterans, or 345,000, has a substance abuse problem. Prescription drug abuse among U.S. military personnel doubled between 2002 and 2005, and almost tripled over the next three years.
Justice For Vets connects veterans to drug-treatment and provides the accountability and supervision to ensure that they embrace treatment and find long-term recovery.
Veteran Incarceration - In a 2004 report, the U.S. Department of Justice estimated there are over 700,000 veterans under criminal justice supervision.
Justice For Vets uses a holistic community based approach to address the specific needs of justice-involved veterans, keeping them out of jail and engaged with their families and communities where they belong.