October 21, 2014
This evening program at the University of Kansas will examine the national and local responses to the plight of veterans within the criminal justice system. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken an unprecedented toll on our men and women in uniform. While most return home strengthened by their service, far too many struggle in their effort to readjust to life outside the military. Often mental health issues are compounded by substance abuse, family strife, unemployment, and homelessness; ultimately leading to incarceration.
Speakers include Melissa Fitzgerald, Senior Director for Justice for Vets; BG Stan Cherrie, Vietnam veteran; Art Fillmore, co-founder of Heart of America Stand Down Foundation; and Dr. Mitchell Flesher, Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist for the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System.
The event will take place at 7:00 pm at Woodruff Auditorium, KU Memorial Unions. The event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Marine Corps University Foundation, the Command and General Staff College Foundation, the KU School of Law, and the University of Kansas Graduate Military Programs.
Please view the program flyer for more information.