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ARe-entry Roadmap for Veterans Incarcerated in Virginia


Produced by:

U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare Re-entry Veterans and Veterans Justice Outreach Program

Virginia Department of Veterans Services Virginia Veteran & Family SuppRUW

Virginia Department of Corrections 2018

Edited by The Virginia Veteran and Family Support Program




The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Virginia Department of Veterans Services, Virginia Veteran and Family Support, and the Virginia Department of Corrections have partnered together to develop this roadmap resource guide to create a smoother transition for you and your family when entering back into the community. Our hope is that this resource guide will help you connect with various people, organizations, and services which can provide you with veteran specific guidance within your own community. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has professionals within every region to help you connect with VA services and resources while you are incarcerated. If you are currently in a local jail, a Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) specialist will be able to help you in preparing for release. If you are currently in a state prison, the Healthcare for Re-Entry Veterans (HCRV) specialist can meet with you six months prior to your release to discuss services and assistance you may be able to connect to in the community. We advise asking your caseworker, counselor, or jail services officer to contact the VJO or HCRV specialist so that they may schedule to meet with you prior to your release. You may also write to them using the addresses listed within this resource guide.


Vir gi nia Department of Veterans Services ( DVS ) can also help connect you to the VA and other community services. DVS provides services to veterans pre- and post-release and can assist you with connecting to benefits, rehabilitative and behavioral healthcare, employment, housing, peer support, and other supportive services. Information on DVS service lines and contacts are listed in this resource guide. Although you may feel overwhelmed, the people, organizations, and services in this guide can assist in your transition back to your family and community. As you read through this guidebook be sure to make a list of all the organizations or individuals you may be interested in contacting. Sharing this resource packet with your family and friends can also help further your research while incarcerated. We truly believe in your ability to succeed and want to remind you that there are many people who are ready to help you during incarceration, assist you with planning for your release, and returning to your community. We welcome your return to our community and hope to be there for you along the way. Best wishes for a successful return. DEANNE M. Digitally signed by DEANNE M. SEEKINS 261197 -- � - � EKINS 261197 ----����-2-���·9?.:���2��!��-:.��99�

-;T d:1:i:Commissioner -------- Virginia Department ofVeterans Services ;/_� --�---------------------------------------- Harold W. Clarke, Director Virginia Department of Corrections

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V E T E R A N S R E - E N T R Y R O A D M A P

Table of Contents 1

U.S. Department ofVeterans Affairs......................................7 Benefits Eligibility..................................................................... 7 Benefits and Services .................................................................7 VA Benefits during incarceration. ........................................ 13 Assistance for Justice-Involved Veterans .............................15 Following up on Claims. ........................................................ 20 VirginiaDepartment Dept. ofVeteranServices ..................23 Benefits.................................................................................... 23 Education&Employment.....................................................24 Veterans CareCenters. ............................................................25 Cemeteries............................................................................... 25 Virginia War Memorial. ......................................................... 25 VirginiaVeteran and Family Support. ................................. 26



Resources .................................................................................31 Healthcare Resources if Ineligible for VA Benefits……...31 Housing....................................................................................33 Employment. ...........................................................................34


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Financial Assistance..............................................................36 WomenVeterans. ...................................................................36 Legal Assistance .....................................................................37


Resources for JusticeInvolved Veterans...............................39 Veteran Docket General Information. .................................39 PAPISOrganizations...............................................................40 Virginia Community Re-Entry Initiative. ............................ 43 Probation and Parole Offices. ..............................................43 Virginia Re-Entry Councils...................................................48 Restoration of Rights.............................................................51 Appendix. ...............................................................................53 VAResources. .......................................................................53 Shelter & Housing Resources by Region...........................56 CSBListings. ..........................................................................64 Other Info-Toll Free Numbers. ..........................................78


Pre-Release Checklist.............................................................80



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About the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a wide range of benefits for the nation's veterans, service members, and their families. Who Is Eligible for Benefits-General Overview You may be eligible for VA benefits if you are: x a veteran x a veteran’s dependent x a surviving spouse, child, or parent of a deceased veteran Compensation The VA will pay you monthly compensation if you are at least 10% disabled as a result of your military service. Pension You can receive a monthly pension if you are a wartime veteran with limited income, and you are permanently and totally disabled or at least age 65. There is no time limit to apply for compensation and pension benefits. Healthcare The VA provides a number of healthcare services. x Hospital, outpatient medical, dental, pharmacy, and prosthetic services x Domiciliary, nursing home, and community based residential care x Sexual trauma counseling x Specialized healthcare for womenveterans x Health and rehabilitation programs for homelessveterans x Readjustment counseling x Alcohol and drug dependency treatment x Medical evaluation for disorders associated with military service during OIF/OEF, the Gulf War, Vietnam, Korea, or WWII, as well as post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, exposure to Agent Orange, radiation, and other environmental hazards. x an active duty military service member x a member of the Reserve or National Guard Benefits and Services Available

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Combat Veterans The VA provides free healthcare for veterans who served in a theater of combat after November 11, 1998 for any illness possibly related to their service in that theater. You have five years from the date of your discharge from active duty on or after January 28, 2003 to apply. Compensated Work Therapy Programs and Veterans Industries The VA offers return to work services to assist veterans seeking competitive employment in the community. This may include Supported Employment, Community Based Employment Services, Vocational Assistance, or Transitional Work services. SE, CBES, and Voc. Assistance provide assistance searching for employment that may include applying to existing positions or helping employers create new, carved positions to perform a specific function. Transitional Work experiences offer structured work opportunities and may include supervised therapeutic housing for at-risk and homeless veterans with physical, mental health, and addiction problems. The VA contracts with private industry and the public sector for services from these veterans, who learn job skills, re-learn successful work habits, and regain a sense of self-esteem. Veterans receive a stipend for their participation and meet with a counselor for assistance finding employment in the community. Virginia currently has veterans industries programs located at the VA medical centers in Richmond, Salem, and Hampton. Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) The VA provides assistance to veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, obtain, and maintain suitable employment. For veterans with serious service-connected disabilities, the VA also offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible. There are five service delivery options available:

v Re-employment v Rapid access to employment v Self employment v Employment through long-term services v Independent living v Eligibility

v Active Duty Service members are eligible if they: P

Expect to receive an honorable or other than dishonorable discharge upon separation from active duty P Obtain a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Have received a discharge that is other than dishonorable P Have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10% from VA P Apply for VR&E services

v Veterans are eligible if they: P

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v Basic period of Eligibility P The basic period of eligibility ends 12 years from the date of notification of one of the following: Date of separation from active military service, or Date the Veteran was first notified by VA of a service-connected disability rating. P The basic period of eligibility may be extended if a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) determines that a Veteran has a Serious Employment Handicap. v Transitioning Service members within six months prior to discharge from active duty v Veterans within one year following discharge from active duty v Any Service member/Veteran currently eligible for a VA education benefit v Services include Assisting the Service member/Veteran with: P Career Choice - understand the best career options for you based on your interests and capabilities P Benefits Coaching - guidance on the effective use of your VA benefits and/or other resources to achieve your education and career goals P Personalized Support - Academic or adjustment counseling and personalized support to help you remove any barriers to your success To apply: P Log into your account select “apply” select “Vocational Rehabilitationand Employment Benefits” Apply for "Educational and Career Counseling" P If you do not have an eBenefits account fill out VA Form 28-8832, “Application forCounseling” and mail to your nearest VA Regional Office, Attn: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Compensated Work Therapy Program (CWT): P Eligibility: To be considered for participation in the CWT program, a Veteran must beeligible to receive VA healthcare services, have a goal of a return to competitive  employment and have barriers to obtaining and/or retaining employment which requires the intensive supports provided by one of the CWT service components. P Applying: Veteran would first meet with their provider about having a consult or ordersent to the CWT program. Once a consult is received, the CWT staff contact the Veteranto schedule an appointment v v You can also access veteran employment resources at and at v

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Education and Training VA pays benefits to eligible veterans, reservists, and active duty service members while they are in an approved education or training program. Benefits are based on the type of military service.

x 7KH3RVW*,%LOO provides financial support for education and housingto indiv idu als with at least 90 day s of agg regat eservic eon or after Septembe r11,2001, or individu als disc harge d with a service-conne cted disabilit y aft er 30 day s.You must hav e received an honorable dis charg e to be eligible for thePost -9/11GI Bill. Addit ional informat ion is available at http://w or you can call 800- GIBILL1. x %HQHILWV The school will report a veteran’s status as incarcerated on thecertification and note whether the federal, state, or local government is paying all orpart of the cost for tuition, fees, books, equipment, or supplies and the amountspaid. x 7LPH/LPLWV Benefits are available for up to 15 years from the last period ofactive duty of at least 90 consecutive days. This also applies if released for a service- connected disability after at least 30 days of continuous service. x Forever GI Bill and General Education information : Claimants incarcerated for a felony conviction can be paid only the costs of tuition, fees, and necessary books, equipment, and supplies. VA cannot make payments for tuition, fees, books, equipment, or supplies if another Federal State or local program pays these costs in full. If another government program pays only a part of the cost of tuition, fees, books, equipment, or supplies, VA can authorize the incarcerated claimant payment for the remaining part of the costs. VetSuccess on Campus Program: The VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) program aims to help Service members, Veterans, and eligible dependents succeed and thrive through a coordinated delivery of on-campus benefits assistance and counseling, leading to completion of their education and preparing them to enter the labor market in viable careers

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)RUHYHU*,%LOO8SGDWHV The law removes the 15-year time limit for the use of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit for those whose last discharge or release from active duty is on or after January 1, 2013, children of deceased service members who became entitled to Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit on or after January 1, 2013, and all spouses using Fry Scholarship. v Independent Study at Technical Schools and Non-Institutions of Higher Learning (IHLs). Beneficiaries will now be able to use their educational assistance to pursue accredited independent study (e.g., online learning) at non-IHLs. The non-IHLs must be area career and technical education schools that provide postsecondary level education or postsecondary vocational institutions. Note: This change does not apply to Dependents’ Educational Assistance program beneficiaries. v Reservists who established eligibility to educational assistance under the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) before November 25, 2015, and lost it due to the program’s sunset may elect to have that service credited towards the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Those who use Post-9/11 GI Bill on or after January 1, 2018, will receive a monthly housing allowance based on the Department of Defense basic housing allowance (BAH) for monthly housing rates. v VA will develop a pilot program to provide eligible Veterans with the opportunity to enroll in high technology education programs that VA determines provides training and skills sought by employers in a relevant field or industry.

v The law authorizes service by Guard and Reserve members under 10 U.S.C 12304a and 12304b to receive Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.

v The VA will provide up to nine months of additional Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to eligible individuals who are enrolled in a STEM field program of education. For more information go to or call 1-888-442-4551.

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x *XDUDQWHHG/RDQV The VA can guarantee part of a loan from a private lender to help you buy a home, a manufactured home, a lot for a manufact ured home, or certain types of condominiums. VA also guarantees loans for building, repairing,and improving homes. More information is availab le at http://www. v/homeloan s/. x 5HILQDQFLQJ/RDQV ,f you have a VA mortgage, the VA can help yourefinance your loan at a lower interest rate. You may also refinance a non-VA loan. x 6SHFLDO*UDQWV Certain disabled veterans and military personnel can receive grantsto adapt or acquire housing suitable for their needs. x 7LPH/LPLWV There is no time limit for a VA home loan. Life Insurance x 6HUYLFHPHPEHUV·*URXS/LIH,QVXUDQFH 6*/,  is low-cost term life insurancefor service members and reservists. Coverage of up to $400,000 begins when youenter the service. Generally, it expires 120 days after you leave the service. 7UDXPDWLF  6*/, is automatically included in SGLI and provides for payment up to$100,000 forservice members who lose limbs or incur other serious injuries. x 9HWHUDQV*URXS/LIH,QVXUDQFH 9*/,  is renewable term life insurance for veterans who want to convert their SGLI up to an amount not to exceed thecoverage you had when you separated from service. You must apply within oneyear and 120 days from separation. x 6HUYLFH'LVDEOHG9HWHUDQV,QVXUDQFH , also called RH insurance, is for service-  connected disabled veterans. Coverage is $10,000. You may be eligible for a $20,000 supplemental policy if you are totally disabled. You must apply for RH within two years of being rated service-connected by the VA. Dependents and Survivors Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) DIC is payable to certain survivors of: ‡ Service members who died on active duty ‡ Veterans who died from service-related disabilities ‡ Certain veterans who were being paid 100% VA disability compensation at the time of death. ‡ Death Pension is payable to some surviving spouses and children of deceased wartime veterans. The benefit is based on financial need. ‡ Parents' DIC is payable to some surviving parents. The benefit is based on financial need. Home Loans The VA offers a number of home loan services to eligible veterans, some military personnel, and certain surviving spouses.

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VA Benefits During Incarceration

If You Are Incarcerated If you are incarcerated for a felony, the VA will reduce or terminate your disability benefits after your 61st day in confinement. If you were rated at 20% or higher for a service-connected disability prior to incarceration, your monthly benefit will get reduced to 10%. If you were rated at 10%, your monthly payment will be cut in half. Importantly, it is not the disability rating itself that gets reduced, only the monthly payment. After you are released from incarceration, your benefits will be reinstated at their usual level. If you are incarcerated for a misdemeanor or a felony and have a VA pension, on your 61st day in jail or prison, your pension will be terminated for the duration of your incarceration. Veterans can notify the VA upon release to get their pension reinstated. It is recommended that individuals call the Veteran Benefits Hotline at 1-800-827-1000 upon release. If incarcerated less than 60 days, or you have completed your sentence, or been paroled, or sent to a halfway house or work release program, your disability benefits will not be reduced or terminated. Although your VA pension will be terminated or your disability compensation reduced while you are in jail, your family can apply to receive a portion of the benefits. This process is called apportionment. By applying for apportionment, your family can receive your pension while you are ineligible to receive it due to incarceration. Likewise, your family can receive any amount of your disability compensation that you are ineligible to receive while in jail. For example, if you are rated at 70% before going to jail, your monthly benefit will be reduced to 10%, but your family can apply for apportionment to receive the remaining 60%. Apportionment

The VA will consider the following factors:

• The family member's income and living expenses; • The amount of compensation available to be apportioned; • The needs and living expenses of other family members.

Additional Information: • No apportionment may be made to or on behalf of any person who is incarcerated in a Federal, State, or local penal institution for conviction of a felony. • An apportionment of an incarcerated Veteran's VA benefits is not granted automatically to the Veteran's dependents. The dependent(s) must file a claim for an apportionment.

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Character of Discharge Requirements Discharge Requirements for Compensation Benefits requires the Veteran's discharge to be under other than dishonorable conditions (e.g. honorable, under honorable conditions, general.) Discharge Requirements for Pension Benefits requires the Veteran's discharge to be under other than dishonorable conditions (e.g. honorable, under honorable conditions, general.) Discharge Requirements for Education Benefits from the VA through the Montgomery GI Bill program or Post 9/11 GI Bill program, the Veteran's character of discharge or service must be honorable. To receive VA education benefits and services through any other VA educational benefits program, including the Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program, the Veteran's character of discharge or service must be under other than dishonorable conditions (e.g., honorable, under honorable, general.)

Discharge Requirements for Home Loan Benefits require the Veteran's discharge to be under other than dishonorable conditions (e.g. honorable, under honorable conditions, general.)

'LVFKDUJH5HTXLUHPHQWVIRU,QVXUDQFH%HQHILWV generally do not have a character of discharge for Veterans' Group Life Insurance. However, for Service Disabled Veterans Insurance and Veterans' Mortgage Life Insurance benefits, the Veteran's character of discharge must be other than dishonorable.

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US Department of Veterans Affairs - Help for Justice Involved Veterans and Homeless Veterans 9$3URJUDPVIRUWKH+RPHOHVV9HWHUDQV The goal with any VA benefit and services is the prevention of homelessness. Upon release or shortly after release, if it appears you are facing homelessness, contact the NATIONAL HOMELESS CALL CENTER 1-877-424-3838 VETERANS CRISIS LINE 1-800-273-8255 to be referred to the nearest VA Medical Center’s HCHV program. This is a 24- Hour call center to support Veterans in crisis. Although the below listed resources are established in all national VA Medical Center, each HCHV program has a different referral process to the programs offered. Refer to the nearest VA Medical Center for further assistance. About Us The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking decisive action to end Veteran homelessness. All Veterans at risk for homelessness or attempting to exit homelessness should have easy access to programs and services. VA offers a variety of resources, programs and benefits to aid in this mission. Veterans are seen at the medical center, in legal and criminal justice system settings, or in the community. The Veteran’s needs are assessed and resources are provided directly through the VA or with community-based partners. Our programs were established to help the Veteran to prevent homelessness or to emerge from homelessness in order to live as self-sufficiently and independently as possible. Mission To serve Veterans in their journey out of homelessness through skilled social work casework and treatment resulting in housing, recovery, improved quality of life and independence. Who We Are And What We Offer +HDOWKFDUHIRU+RPHOHVV9HWHUDQV2XWUHDFK The VA Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program provides a gateway to VA and community supportive services to eligible Veterans. Through the HCHV Program, Veterans are provided with case management and residential treatment and housing in the community. The Program also conducts outreach to Veterans in the community who would otherwise have barriers to obtaining hospital-wide services on their own. This program provides community outreach, case management and a range of other services to help homeless Veterans gain secure housing. 

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Contracts & Grant Per Diem Program (GPD) : This program allows the VA to provide grant and per diem payments to assist public and non-profit organizations in establishing and operating transitional supportive housing. Richmond’s Homeless Program offers three different Grant and Per Diem Programs for homeless Veterans. These programs are designed to provide housing assistance, case management, education, crisis intervention, counseling and services targeted towards this special population of Veterans. The goal of the program is to help homeless Veterans achieve residential stability, increase their skill levels and/or income, and obtain greater self-determination. Housing & Urban Development/Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD/VASH): The HUD/VASH program is a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Supporting Housing (VASH) program to help homeless Veterans and their immediate families find and maintain affordable, safe and permanent housing in the community. Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF): For very low-income Veterans, SSVF provides case management and supportive services to prevent the imminent loss of a Veteran's housing or identify new housing for the veteran and his or her family. SSVF providers also work to rapidly re-house Veterans and their families who are homeless and might remain homeless without assistance. Nonprofit agencies and community partners use SSVF funding to rapidly house Veterans and their families and to prevent homelessness. Case management includes help securing VA and other benefits such as educational aid and financial planning. Veterans Justice Outreach Initiative (Jails): The purpose of the Veteran Justice Outreach (VJO) Initiative is to avoid the unnecessary criminalization of mental illness and extended incarceration among Veterans by ensuring that eligible justice-involved Veterans (JIVs) have timely access to VHA mental health and substance abuse services when clinically indicated, and other VA services and benefits as appropriate. The Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist is responsible for direct outreach, assessment, and short-term case management for justice-involved Veterans in local courts and jails, and liaison with local justice system partners. Substance Use Disorder Program: This program focuses on working with the clients from the Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program who exhibit signs of a Substance Use Disorder(s). The primary focus will be on drug & alcohol abuse recovery however, other issues could, and should, be addressed i.e., gambling, smoking etc. This is done for the sake of preserving the Veteran's health, protecting their family and to prevent the loss of their housing. Healthcare for Re-Entry Veterans Initiative (Prisons): The Health Care for Homeless Re-entry Veterans Initiative is a national program, which offers outreach to incarcerated homeless Veterans in state and federal prisons who are within six months of release. The purpose of the initiative is to educate JIVs about VA services and foster a relationship between the incarcerated Veterans and the VA as well as other agencies in order to ensure support in their transition into life outside of prison.

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The Healthcare for Re-entry Veterans (HCRV) Specialist provides direct outreach, assessment and short-term case management for justice-involved Veterans in state and federal prisons. +HDOWKFDUHIRU+RPHOHVV9HWHUDQV+8'9$6+9RFDWLRQDO'HYHORSPHQW 3URJUDP The Vocational Development Program is developed to assist veterans in exploring and pursuing meaningful career options. This is accomplished by providing integrative, purposeful opportunities for individualized development of the whole person. The program works to develop the career decision-making process and vocational discernment of the veteran. 9HWHUDQV$IIDLUV9HWHUDQV-XVWLFH3URJUDP 9-3 Health Care for Re-Entry Veterans along with Veterans Justice Outreach comprises the two entities of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Justice Program (VJP). While Veterans Justice Outreach Specialists (VJOs) focus on the local and regional jails, Health Care for Re-Entry Veterans (HCRV) Specialists focus on incarcerated veterans within the state and federal prisons. Specific information on both programs is listed below. +HDOWK&DUHIRU5H(QWU\9HWHUDQV +&59 3URJUDP'HWDLOV HCRV program is designed to help incarcerated veterans Vuccessfully re-integrate back into the community after their release. The primary goal is to begin working with the veteran during their incarceration by providing information and resources and once released to prevent homelessness. The HCRV Specialist provides: 1) Outreach: identification of veterans within the state and federal prisons to participate in treatment matching assessment and follow up services. Outreach services are conducted via the state and federal prison Re-Entry counselors, unit managers, probation/parole officers,or self-referred. 2) Treatment-Matching Assessment: This is the initial step for the HCRV Specialist as it will determine the needs of the veterans. The Specialist develops the initial plan and based on the plan and information resources will be provided to the veteran for follow up upon release.In some cases, WKHHCRV Specialist will make appropriate referrals to the local VA Medical Centerfor medical, psychiatric, and substance abuse programs. 3) Education: Veteran educational information on VA resources in areas of medicalpsychiatric, substance abuse disorders, benefits, employment along with community servicesandbenefits. In addition to providing education to incarcerated veterans, HCRV Specialistseducate criminal justice systems about their roles and ability to aid JIVs. 4) Case Management: Short term case management follows upon the JIV's release. The primary goal of case management is to continue working with the veteran to help support their successful transition into the community. This is done by linking the Veteran to local, state and federal resources including social services, employment, VA health care services and benefits, Social Security and other available resources. 

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9HWHUDQV-XVWLFH2XWUHDFK 9-2 3URJUDP'HWDLOV If you are incarcerated in a local or regional jail, a Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) Specialist may be able to assist. The aim of the Veterans Justice Outreach program is to avoid the unnecessary criminalization of mental illness and extended incarceration among Veterans by ensuring that eligible, justice-involved Veterans have timely access to Veterans Health Administration (VHA) mental health, substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and homeless services. Linkage WRboth VAMC and non- VAMC community resources will also be provided as appropriate. The VJO program is designed to collaborate with local justice system partners to identify veterans that enter the criminal justice system and need treatment services. The VJO Specialist works with local law enforcement, jails, and court teams to identify Veterans that may be in crisis because of mental illness, substance abuse, or other issues; and assist with connecting them with appropriate resources. The VJO Specialist provides direct outreach, assessment and case management for justice-involved Veterans in local courts and jail. The VJO Specialist can also assist with eligibility determination, enrollment and referral to both VA and non-VA services upon release. In addition, the VJO Specialist can collaborate with judges and specialty courts to connect veterans with VA treatment services and homeless prevention programming. 9$+HDOWKFDUH(OLJLELOLW\DQG(QUROOPHQW Veterans Affairs Health Care Eligibility When you are released from jail or prison, you may resume or begin your health care at the closest VA Medical center near your housing plan. Although it is not a requirement to have VA Health Care, if you do not have health care insurance upon release, you may want to enroll for medical, mental health, substance abuse treatment, or other services. x A person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable may qualify for VA healthcarebenefits x Reservists and National Guard members may also qualify for VA healthcare benefits if they were called to active duty (other than for training only) by a Federal order and completed the full period for which they were called or ordered to active duty. To enroll and receive VA Health Care, you must meet basic eligibility which is defined as:

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Along with these basic eligibility requirements, you also will need to meet the minimum duty requirement (how long you served). These requirements are: x Veterans who enlisted after Sept. 7, 1980, or who entered active duty after Oct. 16, 1981, must have served 24 continuous months or the full period for which they were called to active duty to be eligible. x This minimum duty requirement may not apply to Veterans discharged for hardship, early out or a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.

VA Health Care Enrollment Process

It is best to seek VA health care attention within 30 days of release or immediately after release so necessary appointments, referrals and other services can begin.

If you were enrolled or established VA Health Care PRIOR to your incarceration, you may re- establish these services by making a visit to the local VA Medical Center. Local VA Medical Centers usually offer same day access to see a doctor or a mental health provider and emergency room services. See the Appendix at the back of this guide for a listing of VA Medical Centers. If you are unsure or did not enroll in VA Health Care PRIOR to your incarceration and you meet the basic and duty requirements listed above along with choosing to receive VA health care, you have two options with enrollment: x Complete the VA Application for Health Benefits and mail the completed application along with a copy of your DD 214 (military discharge paperwork) to the VJO/+&59 (contact information located in directory) who can determine eligibilityand enrollment into the VA Health Care System. The VJO/+&596SHFLDOLVW will inform you RQZKHWKHU you meet eligibility and enrollment. x If you do not have a copy of your DD214 or never requested one, please complete the Request Pertaining to Military Records. You can mail this form to National Personnel Center to receive your DD214. The agency's address is on the back of the request form, block #14.

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Following Up on Your Claim You will receive a confirmation letter from the VA advising you of the status of your eligibility for benefits. This correspondence will be mailed to the address identified when you meet with the HCRV/VJO specialist. You will be determined as eligible, ineligible, or unable to determine as eligible. If you disagree with the determination, you may appeal the decision and submit documents in support of your claim. Be sure to obtain a copy of your DD214 since this is an important document to submit if your eligibility is denied or more information is needed to confirm your eligibility for VA healthcare. Keep the original for your records and submit only a copy of your DD214. If your eligibility is confirmed or if you want to contest the preliminary eligibility determination, visit the VA medical center of your choice to register for care. Make an appointment to meet with the contact person at the VA medical center so he or she can assist you with the registration process. You will need a picture identification in order to register for healthcare (the picture identification provided by the prison is adequate for registration purposes). You will be asked to update your information. At the time of registration you may schedule an appointment for primary care. You will also be photographed for a VA identification card. Make sure you receive an appointment with a primary care physician in a timely manner if you are prescribed medications. Typically the prison or jail will provide you with at least a 30 day supply of medication. In most cases you may be able to see a VA physician within 30 days. In case of an emergency, you may be seen in the emergency department at the VA medical center. Your primary care physician is an essential contact. You may request specialized services such as mental health, substance use, and other assistance from this physician.

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Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Justice Program Directory Health Care for Re-Entry Veterans (HCRV) Specialist

Chrystal Jones, LCSW

Leslie Hindle, LCSW

McGuire VA Medical Center 1201 Broad Rock Boulevard Richmond, Virginia 23249 804-675-5000 extension 3494

Salem VA Medical Center 1970 Roanoke Boulevard Salem, Virginia 24153


Veterans Justice Outreach Specialists (VJOs)

Kevin Birdsell, LCSW

Machele Huff, LCSW

McGuire VA Medical Center 1201 Broad Rock Boulevard Richmond, Virginia 23249 804-675-5000 extension 7241 LaBarbara Williams, LCSW Hampton VA Medical Center 100 Emancipation Drive Hampton, Virginia 23667 757-722-9961 extension 7734 Demetrius Granger, LCSW Hampton VA Medical Center 100 Emancipation Drive Hampton, Virginia 23667

Salem VA Medical Center 1970 Roanoke Boulevard Salem, Virginia 24153


Tamesha Ellis, LCSW

Hampton VA Medical Center 100 Emancipation Drive Hampton, Virginia 23667 757-722-9961 extension 7741

Brenda Hawthorne, LCSW

James Quillen VA Medical Center PO Box 4000 621-MTN Home Mountain Home, Tennessee 37684 423-926-1171 extension 3791


Torrie Dreier, LCSW

Rodney Carter

James Quillen VA Medical Center PO Box 4000 621-MTN Home Mountain Home, Tennessee 37684 (865-545-4592 extension 4107

Incarcerated Veterans Re-entry


15000 Franklin Street, NE Washington, DC 20018 202-636-7671 (o)

Karen N. Carrington, LICSW

202-251-2508 (c)

Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist VA Medical Center, Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) 1500 Franklin St NE Washington, DC 20018

202-636-7670 (o) 202-431-6776 (c)


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9LUJLQLD'HSDUWPHQWRI9HWHUDQV6HUYLFHV '96  The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) contains six service delivery lines - Benefits, Veterans Education, Transition and Employment (VETE), Care Centers, Veterans Cemeteries, the Virginia Veteran and Family Support program (VVFS) and the Virginia

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The mission of the DVS Benefits Offices is to provide Virginia's Veterans and their family members with accurate, timely and ethical education and assistance in obtaining the federal and state benefits they have earned. Information on current federal, state and local veterans' programs, entitlements and referral services is available in Virginia through a network of 30 benefits offices staffed with accredited Veteran Service Representatives (VSRs) All services are free of charge.

Services provided by VSRs include assistance with applying for benefits such as:

x Veteran Compensation Claims - Initial, Re-Opened, Notice of Disagreement, Appeals, Dependency

x VA Health Care Eligibility x Veteran Pension Claims x Aid and Attendance Claims x Survivor Benefit Claims x Survivor Pension Claims

x Claim for Burial Benefits/Flags/Markers x State Tax Relief Eligibility Determinations x Certificate of Eligibility for VA Home Loan

x Guarantees VGLI Applications x Education Benefits Applications

x Outreach into Local Communities - Itinerary Visits x Referral to Local, State, and Federal Social Services Office locations and phone numbers are found on page 27-29.


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The VETE directorate promotes Virginia's economic development by supporting Veterans and their families with increased access to and attainment of education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. VETE is comprised of five programs: x The State Approving Agency (SAA) ensures access and quality instruction, appropriate administration, and fair and equitable practices for every Veteran (and eligible person) who enters a Virginia SAA-approved educational or training program. This is done by validating and approving education and training programs; ensuring compliance with federal and state guidelines and ensuring the interests and prerogatives of the State are preserved. The Virginia SAA currently has over 900 facilities approved for G.I. Bill benefits. These schools include vocational schools, and on-the- job training and apprenticeship programs. Contact 804-225- 2298 or for more information. x The Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program (VMSDEP) waives tuition and mandatory fees at Virginia’s public colleges and universities for spouses and children of a qualified military service member who, during direct involvement in covered military combat, was killed, missing in action, or became a prisoner of war, or of a qualified Veteran who, as a direct result of such service, has been rated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as totally and permanently disabled or at least 90 percent permanently disabled and have been discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. Contact 804-225-2083 or for more information. x The Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program aims to educate and train companies on why it is a good business decision to recruit, hire, and retain Veterans, and helps those committed companies meet their hiring goals. If you are an employer looking for Veteran talent in the Commonwealth, join the V3 Programs network of employers by registering online at: x The Military Medics and Corpsmen (MMAC) Program provides recently discharged service members with specialized medical training, an opportunity for employment at major Virginia healthcare systems, a pathway to licensure and long-term medical careers, and a solution to acute healthcare staffing shortages in Virginia's healthcare industry. Our motto? No Medics or Corpsmen left behind. Contact us at804-482-8509 or for more information. x The Virginia Transition Assistance Program’s (VTAP) mission is to assess, coordinate, and disseminate opportunities for members of the armed forces and their spouses transitioning from military to civilian life by providing a pathway to employment, education, and entrepreneurship. Contact us at 804-786-8060 or for assistance.


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VETE also hosts an annual Virginia Women Veterans Summit. The mission of the summit is to bring together veterans, employers, community leaders, and government agencies from the federal, state, and local levels to raise awareness about the services and benefits offered specifically for women veterans through expert presenters, panel discussions, and exhibits. Contact for more information. 9HWHUDQV&DUH&HQWHUV&HPHWHULHVDQGWKH 9LUJLQLD:DU0HPRULDO  DVS Veterans Care Centers provide affordable long-term care, Alzheimer's/dementia care, and short term rehabilitation to Virginia’s veterans. DVS Veteran Care Centers are located in Richmond (Sitter & Barfoot), Roanoke (Virginia Veterans Care Center), Virginia Beach (Jones & Cabacoy-opening early 2020), and Fauquier County (Puller Veterans Care Center-opening in early 2020). The agency also operates three veterans cemeteries: the Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Amelia, the Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk, and the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Dublin. The Virginia War Memorial is Virginia’s monument to honor the memory of men and women from Virginia who served and fought from World War II to the present. The Virginia War Memorial in Richmond serves an integral role in supporting the mission of the Virginia Department of Veteran Services.


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9LUJLQLD9HWHUDQDQG)DPLO\6XSSRUW 99)6 The Virginia Veteran and Family Support program (VVFS) provides outreach, connection, and support to veterans and their families as they address the challenges of military service, transition, deployments, Post Traumatic Stress and behavioral health concerns, physical and traumatic brain injuries. Referrals and resource connections are coordinated with community providers throughout the Commonwealth. The VVFS program offers: x Comprehensive assessments of individual and family needs x Care coordination services for behavioral health, rehabilitative and supportive services x Direct linkage to treatment services for Post Traumatic Stress and traumatic brain injury x Direct linkage to VA benefits and healthcare, employment, and education services x Peer support services x Family support services and groups x Homeless and housing services x Criminal justice and re-entry services x Outreach and education services The VVFS program proudly serves military service veterans of any era, regardless of their discharge status, including: x Members of all branches of the Armed Services, National Guard and Reserves not in federal service x Family members of veterans and members of the Guard and Reserves VVFS is also proud to serve Virginia’s most vulnerable veterans including veterans involved in the criminal justice system and those experiencing homelessness. The VVFS Justice Involved Services (JIS) program offers support to veterans and service members in the criminal justice system. The program provides direct services to justice-involved veterans and service members interfacing with courts and diversion/veteran docket programs, during incarceration in jails and prisons, and upon re-entry to the community. A Veteran Justice Specialist identifies needs, develops a coordinated services plan, and connects the veteran/service member to community resources. VVFS operates in four regions. To reach your regional office for further information or assistance, call the toll free number at 1-877-285-1299 or visit our website at


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Abindgon 100 Abingdon Place, Suite 202 Abingdon, VA 24211 276-623-0080

Ashburn 44345 Premier Plaza Suite 200 Ashburn, VA 20147 804-840-7903

Big Stone Gap Suite D-1, Clover Leaf Square Big Stone Gap, VA 24219 276-523-1411 Danville 139A Deer Run Road Danville, VA 24540 434-836-8447 Henrico 121 Cedar Fork Road, Room 412 Henrico, VA 23223 804-952-6112 Norfolk 6350 Center Drive Building 5, Suite 100 Norfolk VA 23502 757-455-0814 Springfield 6564 Loisdale Court Suite 301 Springfield, VA 22150 703-417-9090 Wytheville 335 West Monroe Street Suite 200 Wytheville, VA 24382 276-228-5211

Chesapeake Tidewater Community College 1428 Cedar Road, Room 158 Chesapeake, VA 23322 757-822-5298 Frederickbsburg 10300 Spotsylvania Avenue Lee Hill Building 1, Suite 290 Fredericksburg, VA 22408 540-376-7298 Manassas 9300 West Courthouse Road Suite 305 Manassas, VA 20110 703-479-7437

Charlottesville 1430 Rolkin Court Charlottesville, VA 22911 434-529-6431

Fairfax 9990 Fairfax Blvd, Suite 120 Fairfax, VA 22030 703-359-1210

Lynchburg 510 Leesville Road, Suite A Lynchburg, VA 245002 434-582-5102

Oakton 10467 White Granite Drive Oakton, VA 22030

Petersburg Freedom Support Center 32 W. Washington Street Petersburg, VA 23803 804-691-4095

Staunton Greenbrier Office Complex 1600 North Coalter Street

Strasburg 105 Stony Pointe Way, Suite 220 Strasburg, VA 22657 540-465-6113

Building 1, Suite 17B Staunton, VA 24401 540-332-7840


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DVS Benefits Offices



Hampton VMAC

23365 Front Street

Emporia Community Based 100 Emancipation Drive

Suite B

Outpatient Clinic

Building 43, Room 112 Hampton, VA 23667

Post Office Box 7 Accomac, VA 23301

1746 Atlantic Street East Emporia, VA 23847





Richmond McGuire VMAC Portsmouth

2101 Executive Drive

1201 Broad Rock Blvd

620 John Paul Circle Building

Suite 420


7 th Floor

Tower Box 48

Richmond, VA 23249

Portsmouth, VA 23708

Hampton, VA 23666




Quantico Marine Corps Base Education Center 3089 Roan Street Quantico, VA 22134


Salem VAMC

210 Franklin Road, Suite 810 1970 Roanoke Blvd

Roanoke, VA 24011

Building 8, Room 101A & 101B


540-982-2463 ext 4055 540-982-2463 ext 3357


South Hill


Virginia Beach

118 East Danville Street South Hill, VA 23970

657 Main Street

Pembroke Office Park 287 Independence Blvd Pembroke Two, Suite 130 Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-552-1884/757-552-1885

Tazewell, VA 24651



Williamsburg 203 Ironbound Road Dillard Complex Post Office Box 8795 Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795 757-221-1734


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