Calling All Veterans: A Few Seats Left!

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014, Final Objective Lobby Day

 

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY.

  • Free Rochester-area bus leaves 6:00 AM at Exit 47 Leroy “park and ride” lot.
  • Complimentary coffee/donuts on bus.  Arrive in Albany 11:00 AM. 
  • Complimentary lunch and briefing, meetings with legislators, news conference.
  • Bus leaves Albany 5:30 – 6:00 PM with stop at Thruway restaurant for dinner.

 

 

CALLING ALL VETERANS: Support the Justice for Our Veterans Act

 

Your Veteran Brothers & Sisters in Trouble Need Your Help.

Help pass the Justice for Our Veterans Act (A. 7529A and S.5624A)

before the State Legislature leaves town on June 19th!

 

This bill is strongly supported by the American Legion, Marine Corps League, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Clear Path for Veterans, Rochester Veterans Outreach Center, NYSDA Veterans Defense Program and others representing over 250,000 NY veterans.

 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014, Final Objective Lobby Day

 

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY.

Free Rochester-area bus leaves 6:00 AM at Exit 47 Leroy “park and ride” lot.

Complimentary coffee/donuts on bus.  Arrive in Albany 11:00 AM. 

Complimentary lunch and briefing, meetings with legislators, news conference.

Bus leaves Albany 5:30 – 6:00 PM with stop at Thruway restaurant for dinner.

 

Please Register for June 10th Lobby Day: Contact Anne Rabe, Veterans Defense Program, 518-465-3524 (day) or 518-732-4538 (eve), arabe@nysda.org

 

Justice for Veteran Joe: Specialist Joe Smith returns home from combat duty with undiagnosed PTSD after his platoon suffered many deaths. His battle buddy is being harassed by a man at a bar. Joe defends him, acting reflexively as he was trained to do. He breaks the man’s jaw, sending him to the hospital. Charged with 1st degree Assault, Joe faces 5 to 25 years in prison. If this bill were law, a court would ensure Joe got a medical evaluation and PTSD treatment. The court could then reduce or dismiss the assault charge when Joe finishes his treatment.

 

Increasingly, our veterans are coming home with untreated PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, alcohol/drug addiction or depression. If they commit a crime, veterans deserve a fair criminal justice process with a medical evaluation and treatment.  

 

The bill establishes procedures so that veterans in the criminal justice system receive necessary treatment if they are suffering from physical or mental illnesses as a result of military service that may have played a role in the charged offense. If a vet completes the court-ordered treatment plan, the court has the option to reduce or dismiss the charges when appropriate. Veterans charged with a violent Class A felony, such as murder, or any sex offense, would have medical evaluation/treatment recommendation, but are not eligible for the diversion program.

 

The men and women who put their lives on the line for America’s freedom deserve any needed support upon returning home. The Justice for Our Veterans Act puts our nation’s pledge to support the troops into action. It directly assists, in a concrete way, the most vulnerable of our veteran

 

Anne Rabe

Organizing Coordinator

New York State Defenders Association

518-465-3524, arabe@nysda.org

194 Washington Ave., Albany, New York 12210

The NYSDA Veterans Defense Program provides defense attorneys with training, backup and litigation support in the defense of veterans, assists public defense programs with procedures for the defense of veterans, and encourages restorative justice programs for veterans. Contact Director Gary A. Horton for more information at 585-219-4862, ghorton@nysda.org , 23 Jackson Street, Batavia, New York 14020.