Indiana Veterans Court and Veterans Summit, October 19, 2015

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The Indiana Supreme Court and the Indiana Judicial Center, in partnership with the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indiana State Bar Association Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, will host the Indiana Veterans Court and Veterans Summit on October 19, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Indiana War Memorial.

The purpose of the summit is to highlight the benefits of veterans courts, the services and support available to criminal justice involved veterans, and to discuss future training and funding opportunities available for veterans courts.

There will be a reception and museum tour immediately following the presentation from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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Indiana has recently joined a growing number of states offering many first offender military service veterans a second chance. This past legislative session Indiana lawmakers included enabling legislation and funding in the budget bill to help formally expand veteran’s treatment courts.

“The Military Veterans Coalition of Indiana and our partners thank Senators Zakas and Kenley and others by including enabling language and some funding in this past session’s budget bill,” states Lisa Wilken, Women’s Liaison, AMVETS Indiana and Assistant Legislative Director, AMVETS Indiana. “This is a good start and we look forward to working on expansion around the state.”

. . . In an effort to support existing veterans courts and the development of new veterans courts, the Indiana Supreme Court recently announced a Veterans Court and Veterans Summit on October 19, 2015, at the Indiana War Memorial.

The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indiana State Bar Association Military and Veterans Affairs Committee are the Supreme Court’s partners on this event.

Invited attendees include judges, military personnel, legislators, state and U.S. department of veterans affairs officials, veteran services organizations, prosecutors, probation officers, community corrections officers, defense counsel, mental health services providers, and others with an interest in serving or supporting criminal justice involved veterans.

At the summit attendees will receive information on training and funding opportunities available for veterans courts.

“With the support of our Indiana Legislature, the Indiana State Bar Association and many Judges and Prosecutors around the state, we intend to ensure every veteran eligible for treatment court services is given the opportunity to participate.” said Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David. “I applaud the work of Indiana veteran advocacy groups, we need and appreciate their support.”

“I want to thank Justice David and his staff for taking the lead on summit. This is an important step forward for Indiana. In addition my personal thanks to Senator Zakas and Senator Kenley for recognizing the value expansion of veterans treatment courts will have for Indiana. All counties were authorized these courts and only a few have been established leaving many veterans excluded and disadvantaged,” stated Jim Bauerle, Legislative Director, The Military Veterans Coalition of Indiana (MVCI).

The Military Veterans Coalition of Indiana and other partnering veterans groups are proposing legislation to help Veterans Courts and special medical needs of some veterans. First is a Veteran’s Scratch Card similar to Illinois.

Such an initiative will raise money to support Veterans Treatment Courts with funding for Veterans Legal Clinics that provide free legal advice, and funding for county Veterans Service Officers to provide veterans counseling at the local level. Second is to create an Indiana veteran recovery program and fund.

Proposed legislation establishes, for five years, the Indiana veteran recovery program and fund to provide treatment and funding for veterans with traumatic brain injury or posttraumatic stress disorder and to obtain reimbursement from third parties.