Incarcerated Veterans Program

Incarcerated Veteran Program

This is a program run by the Pierce County Veterans Assistance Programs and is designed to assist Veterans involved in the Justice System. Our goal is to help those qualified Veterans get connected with services they may not already be aware of and work with the jail and court systems to ensure the best possible outcome from an already bad situation. We will assist eligible Honorably Discharged Veterans incarcerated in any of the jails within Pierce County with possible housing assistance, food assistance, and utility assistance. Let us help you get assistance with drug and alcohol addictions, poverty, homelessness, and issues related to PTSD. We also have a great network of partners that we can refer you to that may be able to assist where we cannot, This is a "Hand Up not Hand Out" Program.

Services Provided

Incarcerated Veterans Program provides advocacy prior to release, case management and referral / access to a wide array of resources at the point of release. The program succeeds by identifying specific veteran needs and challenges that precipitate incarceration. Support and resources are maximized in order to achieve consistent, long-term stability. Statistically, it has been proven that there is cost savings to the county and state when there is success in preventing incarceration and reducing associated recidivism.

Factors Leading to Incarceration

Precipitating factors leading up to incarceration may be:
  • Homelessness
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Poverty
  • Substance use
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Untreated or under-treated mental illness