Justice-Involved Veterans

Helping Incarcerated Veterans Come Home

Do you work with justice-involved veterans? These webinars will help you increase successful reentry for them.

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More than 180,000 of those incarcerated in the United States are men and women who have served in the military – nearly 5,000 of them in Illinois.

Incarceration uniquely affects the veteran population, because their VA benefits get interrupted or suspended.

More than half of justice-involved veterans have either mental health diagnoses – such as PTSD, depression, or anxiety – or substance-use disorder.

About 30% of incarcerated vets have experienced some form of homelessness – five times the national average.

A knowledge gap on veterans’ issues, culture, and needs among community providers can keep them from being effective in helping justice-involved veterans return to the community. Resources to help justice-involved individuals successfully reintegrate are limited, making a case manager’s job more difficult.

This free webinar series will help case managers and others who come in contact with incarcerated and returning veterans. Learn how you can build skills and tap into resources to support returning residents.

The Webinars: How to Better Serve Justice-Involved Veterans

  1. Understanding and Connecting to Veterans
  2. Healthcare Resources for Justice-Involved Veterans
  3. Employment and Education Resources for Justice-Involved Veterans
  4. Veteran-Specific Housing Resources
  5. Veteran Justice Outreach Experts Answer Your Questions

The entire webinar series is now available on demand – or watch the session of your choice below.

1. Military Culture


2. Healthcare


3. Employment and Education


4. Housing


5. Expert Panel


Series Trailer


Who Should Watch?

Many people have the opportunity to improve a returning veteran’s chances of success. Are you one of them?

  • Case managers
  • Healthcare providers
  • Parole and probation
  • Criminal justice practitioners
  • Community leaders and organizations
  • You – if you work directly or indirectly with incarcerated veterans

What You Will Gain

  • Learn how to screen for veterans – and why it matters
  • Understand how to connect them to VA healthcare, housing, and employment specialists
  • Find out about VA programs and services that can enhance case management for your veteran clients
  • Get details on exactly what needs to happen to ensure that VA benefits are reestablished as these veterans reenter civilian life
  • Gain insights on current and new resources for veterans

Extended Materials

The course materials, with links to the slides and recordings as well as to resources and further reading, can be used by any advocate working with the incarcerated veteran population.


How to Help Vets Behind Bars

Engaging the Tangled Nature of Veterans’ Benefits

How To Improve Healthcare for Women Vets? First, You Have to Ask

A Vision: Proper Care for Women Vets

This Wednesday series was streamed on Facebook Live July 22 to August 12, 2020, and recorded for on-demand viewing. Registration for CEU credits is now closed. SIGN UP to receive notifications of upcoming learning opportunities.

This project was made possible thanks to generous support of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.