There are many good organizations working on military and veteran justice issues. The list below is a very small sampling. These are just a few that either Collins & Collins, P.C. or our staff have first had knowledge of their work.
Battered Women’s Justice Project (BWJP), Military-Veterans Advocacy Program
The Battered Women’s Justice Project provides training and technical assistance to individuals and organizations dealing with Inter-Personal Violence (IPV) and Military Sexual Assault (MST) among military and veterans communities. It also engages in advocacy and support activities at the national and State-levels.
Justice for Vets
National resource for information and resources relating to Veterans Treatment Courts (VTCs). The site provides an interactive map for locating Veteran’s Treatment Courts by State and Municipality, as well as, information for justice professionals, military and veteran family members and those seeking to get involved in the Mentor Corps. Additional informational resources drawn from a wide variety of sources are also listed.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Association (SAMHSA), Military-Veterans
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Association (SAMHSA) is a Federal Agency which focuses on Behavioral and Chemical Health-related issues and the outcomes which so often result, including interaction with civil and criminal justice systems, when veterans and members of our military have sustained psychological trauma and not received adequate treatment. The Agency provides a wide range of information on justice involvement, treatment options and research relating to members of our military and their families.
Swords to Plowshares (S2PS)
Swords to Plowshares is a California-based Veteran’s Service Organization though their reach, via advocacy policy and the development of quality services, is national in scope. The organization has produced a wide range of materials for use by those who are working with soldiers and veterans, their families and for soldiers and veterans themselves. They have also been very active in the realm of justice interaction involving veterans and military members.
Uniformed Services and Justice Advocacy Group (USJAG)
The Uniformed Services and Justice Advocacy Group is a Colorado-based Non-Profit organization specializing in assisting military and veterans community members who are dealing with separations from service under less than Honorable Circumstances. They are widely recognized as a leader in this area of veterans’ advocacy.
Veterans Administration (VA): Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO)
The Veterans Administration launched the VA-VJO initiative in 2009. Each State has a number of Veterans Justice Outreach specialists who assist veterans in matters relating to civil and criminal justice interaction. The web-resource lists, by State and Municipality, e-mail addresses and phone contact information for all VJO Specialists. What kinds of assistance individual VJOs might be able to provide varies depending on geographic location and by differences in State and Local legal provisions.
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)
The Vietnam Veterans of America have long been in the vanguard of social justice advocacy on behalf of veterans, including heavy involvement in the realm of criminal justice interaction. The VVA is the only national Veterans Service Organization “behind the walls” of correctional facilities in all 50 States. Their web-site provides a wide-range of informational materials and resources on the experiences and needs of veterans and their families.