The Department of Corrections (DOC) is proud to support veterans who have rendered and continue to render service to the United States. Nearly 1 million citizens in the state have defended our nation’s freedom making us home to the 4th largest veteran population. Veterans have unique needs the DOC is committed to addressing through collaborations with partners at the federal, state and local levels.
Justice Involved Veterans
As more service members return home, many are faced with untreated issues stemming from extreme, traumatic stressors that can lead to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Some may also suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), other mental health disorders and/or addictions. These injuries may manifest as criminogenic behavior for veterans who struggle with emotional regulation. At the end of 2013, there were 700,000 veterans incarcerated nationwide in prisons and jails, representing veterans of several eras.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has increased its number of justice outreach specialists to work with veterans before the courts or already in jail. More detailed information is available in the VA Justice Outreach Fact Sheet
. (pdf) The VA has also established a Healthcare for Reentry Veterans (HCRV) Program to promote successful community integration. Program details are available in the VA Health Care Fact Sheet.
While incarcerated in a state correctional institution, male veterans may have the opportunity to participate in a Veterans Services Unit (VSU) located at SCI-Dallas. Veterans must meet eligibility requirements and benefit from tailored workshops, reentry planning, VA benefits information, etc. while assigned at a VSU. Incarcerated female veterans may be eligible for reentry services available at SCI-Muncy.
Reentry parole agents facilitate workshops and provide one-on-one interventions with incarcerated veterans at the VSU. Parole agents work directly with VA justice outreach specialists to assist veterans with housing, treatment, and other needs. Parole agents also develop networks with community based service providers to assist veterans.
In partnership with the DOC, the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole recognizes the unique needs of veterans reentering the community and has compiled a booklet entitled "Rebuilding your life while on parole."
Veteran’s Crisis National Hotline 1.800.273.8255 - EXT 1