DID YOU KNOW?
The number of veterans incarcerated in state and federal prison and local jail decreased from 203,000 in 2004 to 181,500 in 2011-12. The total incarceration rate in 2011-12 for veterans (855 per 100,000 veterans in the United States) was lower than the rate for nonveterans (968 per 100,000 U.S. residents).
As we grow VLSN in the region we are always on the look out for unmet needs of local veterans. Here is where we are focusing our efforts in the next year.
Discharge upgrades. Veterans with less than honorable discharges are five times more likely to be homeless after their service. Many others received “bad paper” because of their orientation. We make sure all of them have a voice to appeal that discharge.
Disability Appeals. Many awards are what they should be. For those that are not and take a lot of effort to appeal, we are here for them.
Criminal Justice System. Nebraska does not have a Veterans’ Court. VLSN will attempt to do many of those functions until we get one.
Elder Support. This Greatest Generation, that is finally getting its due, can now make their life decisions known. VLSN will work with nursing homes and elder programs to provide wills, powers of attorney and advance directives to those who deserve not only our thanks, but our efforts to make their remaining years comfortable.
Vets in Prison. Many vets in prison cannot or do not seek the help or support they rate from their military service. VLSN works to make their successful reintegration more likely by providing advocacy and support.
Support to Active Duty Families. Active duty service members and their immediate families rate free legal assistance for a myriad of legal issues. Their parents and other supporters do not. As the civilian military gap continues to expand, VLSN will do everything it can to narrow that gap and provide answers to supportive families. We will work to get timely answers to their questions concerning their service member and the legal situations they may find themselves.
Published in Papillion Times April 4, 2022 Adam Branting PAPILLION — Echoes of the tumultuous Vietnam era suffused the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Nebraska