Most veterans dream of the day they will come home. So much can change in 6 -18 months. Yet somethings, like grandma’s homemade fudge, the taste of a cold Spotted Cow beer on a hot day, or how a baby smells never changes. How does one go from being a highly trained and motivated soldier to standing in front of a judge?
Part of the answer is what the sentencing judge said to Sarge, “your service is a double-edged sword. Your time in Iraq makes you a threat to society.” Of course, it is not the whole truth or there would be millions of veterans at various points in the justice system.
Sarge had become one of those hard to digest veteran statistics. He was one of many veterans who would commit a violent crime.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (2015) states there is a greater percentage of veterans (64%) than non-veterans (48%) sentenced to prison for violent offenses.
Like many of his other brothers and sisters in arms he suffered from Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and untreated Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). There is a growing body of research that indicates justice-involved veterans are more likely to be addicted to opioids and/or alcohol, have mental health issues and have been homeless at one point in time.
This roundtable discussion will allow leaders to identify overarching problems that are effecting the justice-involved veterans community as a whole and work on developing a group action plan.
These meetings are targeted at community leaders who have extensive knowledge in the justice system, serving veterans or both.
Safer Foundation will be hosting a roundtable discussion about justice-involved veterans. These meetings will work with leaders to develop an action plan that the community can adopt to reduce identified challenges facing justice-involved veterans.
Wednesday, March 10th 1:00 – 2:30 P.M.
This roundtable was made possible by generous funding from the McCormick Foundation.