Incarcerated Veterans Programs work on the basis of three things:
First, Communication by any means;
Second, a means to exchange ideas with outside legislators and other Veterans groups, working within existing networks to make a National voice;
Third, so the inside and outside Veteran knows someone cares about their plight. The U.S. now is number one in the race of criminalization. It is said that one in five Americans have been in jail, prison, on probation or parole. Of these, 35%are veterans. Many end up homeless and/or on some type of drugs. That is where Conflict with the Law works.
We in no way feel sorry for the man that will not take responsibility for his Veteran Community. We are a group who works for our fellow Veterans' needs and when we can, their dreams. We offer hope and a better feeling of self-worth. Mental health programs are needed more and more from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Our mission is to start Veterans' Groups inside the prisons, (with the permission of each Warden) so the residents can work together to help each other with normal Department of Veteran Affairs paperwork. We depend on outside Veterans Groups, County VSOs, State Veterans offices and the DVA. All of these offices are of great help. The mental health section ofVAis growing to include many things.
As an inmate it costs only $5.00 to join the VVnW and The Veterans Coalition. At no time do you have to belong to our group to get assistance. Upon receipt of your DD-214 and application, we will send you a membership card.
You have to remember that many of these men and women are first-time offenders and even the long-term inmates are being released in large numbers and arc moving back to our communities.
If we fall short in helping, the recidivism is guaranteed! Many do not have a place to go and become homeless. They live and die on the streets and riverbanks with no one to offer hope. WEDO!
As an International Veterans Group there are certain things we cannot do. We will not help anyone with a criminal suit, to get out of prison, write letters to officials, find a place for parole or print other inmate's addresses in our newsletters.
Remember, a Veteran is a Veteran, no matter what! We did not ask for a background check in the war when we trusted the guy next to us, the same should apply now.
We work with Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errant's (CURE), Prison Fellowship, Point Man Ministries, the National Coalition for the Homeless and other groups to try to meet the needs of our brothers and sisters in Conflict with the Law.