April 2018
Spotlight
Hector Barajas-Varela learned the hard way that honorable military service does not guarantee permanent U.S. residents U.S. citizenship. Barajas-Varela was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army after six years of service but did not apply for citizenship prior to discharge because he believed that military service automatically guaranteed his citizenship. In 2004, Barajas-Varela was deported to Mexico after being convicted and serving 13 months in prison and one month on parole for shooting at an occupied vehicle. Post-deportation, he turned his small shelter in Tijuana into the Deported Veterans Support House. “The Bunker” is a haven for veterans stripped of their right to live in the U.S. because of criminal convictions and provides services and legal assistance to displaced U.S. veterans. Since 2013, The Bunker has severed approximately 20 veterans, has a second location in Juarez near the Texas border, and identified an additional 300 deported from approximately 40 countries. A third location is in the process of opening in the Dominican Republic. Barajas-Varela applied for U.S. citizenship in 2016, and California Governor Jerry Brown pardoned him in April of 2017 for the conviction that resulted in his deportation. This pardon is anticipated to clear the way for his citizenship. If granted, Barajas-Varela’s case will be rare as few deported veterans have legally returned to the U.S.
Research
Erika J. Brooke & Jacinta M. Gau 
This study tests for potential impact of military service, age of entry, service length, combat exposure, discharge type, and military branch on lifetime arrests among state prison inmates.

Amy Y. Cameron, Christy Capone, & Daria Mamon 
The article presents a new intensive outpatient program that connects inpatient and outpatient levels of care for combat veterans with PTSD and discusses the feasibility of outpatient programs implementing intensive outpatient programs within their operations to reduce PTSD symptoms, enhance quality of post-program psychotherapy, and reduce PTSD symptoms among veterans. 

Daniel F. Gros, Cynthia Luethcke Lancaster, Cristina M. Lopez, & Ron Acierno 
This study investigates satisfaction and perceptions of the service delivery quality among veterans participating in a clinical trial that compares home-based telehealth and in-person delivery of Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD. 
Practitioner Publications
Benjamin Pomerance 
This law review article provides an overview of veterans treatment courts (VTCs) and judicial autonomy in the U.S., examines the primary rationales for legislative and executive intervention in the judicial process, and explores whether statute standards for VTCs are permissible under a separation of powers perspective and beneficial under a public policy perspective. Additionally, existing state statutes governing VTCs are compared, and the author sets forth a framework balancing statutory oversight and judicial autonomy.  

Evan Seamone, Shoba Sreenivasan, James McGuire, Dan Smee, Sean Clark, & Daniel Dow 
The authors in this journal article propose a rehabilitative pathway for the criminal justice system to be implemented prior to military separation. The approach builds on the successes of mental health courts and is based on case circumstances with the goals of enhancing resilience, honorable discharge status, and successful reintegration. 

SAMHSA’s GAINS CENTER for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation 
This article describes how the Johnson County Jail incorporated the Brief Jail Mental Health Screen into its intake process to increase the identification of mental illness at jail entry.  

Prosecutor, Police Chief, and Chief Magistrate Tips for Supporting the Local Behavioral Health Service Continuum
SAMHSA’s GAINS CENTER for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation 
These role-specific tip sheets are for prosecutors, police chiefs, and chief magistrates to aid in their support for creating “more robust continuums of behavioral health services in their communities.”  

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 
This report provides results from 378 SSVF grantees funded in FY-2016 to inform readers of the grantees’ intervention and prevention efforts targeting homelessness.  
Multimedia Resources
(Webinars, Podcasts, Online Resources)
May 9, 3:00 PM – 4:00 P.M. EDT 
Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency  
This webinar will introduce the Veterans Community Action Teams (VCAT) and discuss Veteran Benefits for Education including the G.I. Bill and scholarship opportunities. Representatives from 10 colleges will then describe ways in which their colleges are supporting veterans and what they can do to assist veterans in completing their education requirements. 

May 17, 1:00 P.M. EDT
Veterans History Project
A discussion on the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), its role in crime and rehabilitation, how to provide support for those who have come in contact with the criminal justice system, and the successes, challenges, and lessons learned from veterans correctional housing units. This event will be held at the Library of Congress’s Thomas Jefferson Building and livestreamed on YouTube and on the Library’s Facebook page


U.S. Department of Justice 
This downloadable online tool provides a roadmap for how legal services can enhance federal strategies to serve underserved and vulnerable populations. For more information about the legal needs of homeless veterans, see pages 37-39 of Expanding Access to Justice, Strengthening Federal Programs: First Annual Report. For information about how to form partnerships with legal aid providers, check out Justice Programs Office’s The Justice in Government Project

National Association of Drug Court Professionals 
This toolkit contains resources for engaging the media, holding graduations and special events, raising awareness, fostering community support, and connecting with elected officials.  

RecruitMilitary 
This interactive map offers a calendar of veteran job fairs in cities across the nation.  

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 
This spreadsheet contains the current (Fiscal Year 2018) Supportive Services for Veteran Families Provider List by state. 
Policy Updates
Kentucky House Bill 64 ENACTED: Effective 90 days after the General Assembly adjourns 
Establishes eligibility for veterans to use hyperbaric oxygen treatment for traumatic brain injury; establishes the conditions for use of hyperbaric oxygen treatment; prohibits sanctions of health care providers; clarifies the duties of health care insurers regarding hyperbaric oxygen treatment; prohibits certain actions by state officials. 

Kentucky House Bill 319 ENACTED: Effective 90 days after the General Assembly adjourns 
Aimed at helping Kentucky veterans and active duty service members start businesses by waiving filing fees. Veteran-owned businesses started after August 1, 2018, will be exempt from paying filing fees for articles of incorporation, articles of organization, and other documents.  

Oregon House Bill 4038 ENACTED: Effective 4/10/2018  
Directs the director of Veterans' Affairs to study progress of establishment of Roseburg Oregon Veterans' Home; prohibits sale or destruction of military medals and decorations by Department of State Lands; permits Department of State Lands to deliver military medals and decorations to certain custodians; directs director of Veterans' Affairs to identify potential sites for veterans' cemeteries; establishes program to provide outreach and assistance to incarcerated veterans. 

Virginia Senate Bill 325 ENACTED: Effective 7/1/2018 
Relates to Department of Veterans Services; provides the secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs with greater direct oversight of the Department of Veterans Services; requires that the current cost-benefit and value analysis of existing programs and services and for new programs and services before they are established and implemented be conducted annually, with the results provided to the secretary, and that the department submit an annual report through the secretary. 
In the News
Event Calendar
Veterans Events
May 9: Veteran College Resource Webinar (see Multimedia Resources)
May 16-17: Shaw Air Force Base, SC Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD  
May 17-21: Mountain Rest, SC Memorial Day Chattooga River Run
May 18-20: Groton, MA LGBTQ Veterans Retreat
May 18-20: Long Creek, SC Memorial Day Chattooga River Run
May 28: Happy Memorial Day  

Veteran-Focused or -Related Community Events
May 5: Carson City, NV Veterans Suicide Awareness March
May 25: Ewa Beach, HI No Vet Left Behind Golf Tournament
May 30-June 2: Houston, TX NADCP Annual Training Conference 
 
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