On December 12, 2013 we were informed by our Council Liaison that they were given funding for a Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) Coordinator. They are working on the recruit to hire at this time for Human Resources. It will likely be April before this person appears. Early Christmas present!
Last week, millions around the globe were exposed to Veterans Treatment Courts for the first time as Justice For Vets’ Vet Court Con garnered unprecedented local, national, and international media coverage.
From live coverage on CSPAN to in-depth stories from ABC, CBS, CNN, The Washington Post, Associated Press, Stars and Stripes,Military.com and the BBC, each story highlighted the life-saving work of Veterans Treatment Courts and need to expand these vital programs throughout the nation. Click here for a look at the incredible media coverage for Vet Court Con.
Justice For Vets’ inaugural Vet Court Con concluded on December 5, 2013 marking the closing of the nation’s first conference exclusively dedicated to Veterans Treatment Courts. Nearly 1,000 attendees were on hand for the historic event which featured 104 training sessions spanning over 200 hours of education. Highlights included United States Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary General Eric Shinseki andChairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, each delivering powerful keynotes demonstrating their support for Veterans Treatment Courts; General Barry McCaffrey (ret.), Major General Butch Tate, Colonel David Sutherland (ret.) and General Counsel Will Gunn; and the swearing-in of 89 volunteer veteran mentors who completed a two-day mentor boot camp to become the first graduating class of theJustice For Vets Mentor Corps!
We are grateful to the TN Administrative Office of the Courts and the Knox County Drug Court for funding three (3) of our Veterans Treatment Court Committee members to attend the inaugural Veterans Treatment Court Conference. Our three (3) members, Dean Powell, Frank Vollmer and Ed Junod graduated the boot camp! Congratulations Dean, Frank and Ed. You are now members of an elite Corps; the Justice For Vets National Mentor Corps. Anyone remember boot camp?
Anyone with a smartphone and a bar code app can scan any Department of Veterans Affairs identification card issued since 2004 and the cardholder’s Social Security number immediately pops up on the screen. The Department of Veterans Affairs published warnings about the veterans information cards (VICs) on their website in 2011 and again in July, 2013. The alert states, “Some barcode readers, including those available as applications on cell phones, can scan the bar code on the front of the card, and reveal the veteran’s social security number.” VA has begun to work on a new type of card, which will not contain a Social Security number. Meanwhile, veterans should treat their current ID cards as just a careful as they do their Social Security card to prevent identity theft. Frank Vollmer has listed a YouTube video link from a special Florida TV investigator; please click the link below if you want to view it.