The Veterans Incarcerated Committee
put on two seminars at the National Leadership Conference in
Tucson: "How to Be an Effective Veterans Incarcerated Liaison"
and "Straight Up," the Missouri State Council transition program
from institution to community life. The seminars were held on
Saturday, the last day of the conference. Everyone was tired and
ready to go home, but we were ready. As we were preparing, the
room kept getting fuller. When we started, there were 27
conferees in attendance and ready to do business.
The Liaison Manual for Veterans
Incarcerated is just off the press after several rewrites. A
special thanks to Adolph Gardner and his wife, Kaye, for all the
hard work and time they devoted to this manual. They are true
advocates. The manual, needless to say, is a big success. It
gives the liaisons direction on how to do their jobs
Ron Adams from Missouri gave an
overview of the program that helps veterans in that state
prepare for their transitions from institutional to community
life. It is a great program that can be adopted easily anywhere.
I want to thank Adolph Gardner, Ron Adams, and Allen Manuel for
their help at the seminar.
The White Paper, which was
first published in 1998 by former Committee Chair Wayne Miller,
has been revised. It will be published in a future edition of
The VVA Veteran. The booklet Felon to Freedom
no longer will be available. The Committee decided that we could
no longer publish a booklet covering all the rules and
regulations in every state. Questions about programs in
individual states will be referred to state councils or chapters
in those states.
If you would like a copy of the
Liaison Manual, the Missouri "Straight Up" program, or the
White Paper, write to me at P.O. Box 890, Zephyrhills, FL