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Help Keep a Veteran Out of Jail

$790 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 24 people in 43 months
Charles Corry
for Equal Justice Foundation Inc
 COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
Help Keep A Veteran Out Of Jail

PTSD/TBI —> Arrest —> Conviction —> Homeless —> Suicide
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Ben Franklin

A nation that sends its warriors into hell must not destroy them when they return. As Kipling pointed out “…single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints.” For them cursing, swearing, drinking, and fighting are normal, not criminal. When the demons come back and veterans lash out in blind anger; pound on the walls; kick and fight when the nightmares come because they must sleep; hide in terror or go away into flashbacks; these are not crimes but the price a warrior pays and a debt society owes.

Studies suggest there is an 80% chance a veteran with moderate to severe PTSD and/or TBI will commit “domestic violence” or other “crimes” under current laws. Tabulation of more than 13,000 veteran arrests over the past five years by the Equal Justice Foundation (EJF) has firmly established the pattern shown above. Millions upon millions of dollars are spent to help homeless veterans and for suicide prevention. But where do you think the help should begin?

The EJF is virtually unique in attempting to find ways to avoid the destruction of a veteran’s life that an arrest and criminal conviction brings.

To push the “justice” system toward meaningful evaluations of veteran problems when law enforcement is first encountered; perform triage to separate criminals from wounded warriors; provide pretrial diversion, treatment, and restitution in lieu of convictions; educate wives, girlfriends, and families as to how to understand and deal with their wounded warriors; provide ADA advocates to help with court proceedings; and find effective therapy won’t be easy or cheap.

It is evident that government is not going to make the requisite changes without outside pressure. To provide a sound basis for these reforms the EJF needs to integrate our arrest data with public, court, and coroner data. To do that we must obtain help with programming, data entry, and data analysis and that costs money.

Already the EJF has helped establish the first veteran court in Colorado. But veterans must plead guilty to even get into that court and their conviction sticks with them for life. There are better ways but we must have your financial support to get there.

Your help is needed: $5, $10, $25, or more will help save veterans lives!
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$790 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 24 people in 43 months
Created May 6, 2015
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Equal Justice Foundation Inc
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Colorado Springs, CO
EIN: 841578107
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