Veteran Advocates Services & Training 

The statistics are stunning: an estimated 181,500 veterans (8% of all inmates in state and federal prison and local jail. 

More than half of justice-involved Veterans have either mental health problems—namely PTSD, depression, or high anxiety—or substance-abuse disorders, most notably alcohol or cocaine addiction. According to Dr. Andrea Finlay

VAST is a 501c3 that helps veterans whose PTSD has led to unfortunate runs ins with the law. The justice involved veteran.

What is a justice involved veteran?

 The term justice involved Veterans is used to describe former service members who have been detained by or are under the supervision of the criminal justice system. Their involvement can range from arrest, to court involvement, to incarceration in jail or prison. ~Veterans Administration

 Veterans sometimes enter the military seeking a better life from trauma, a trauma that can be exacerbated during their military service. After their military service you now have a veteran suffering compounding trauma. When these traumas escalate the ensuing behavior if not treated may lead to run ins with the law. This is the justice involved veteran.

Our team of veterans has been going into prisons and jails for years. We take veterans transitioning from jail or prison and ensure they don't go homeless. We get our brothers and sisters housed right out of jail. The VAST veteran team of Mentors gets veterans to mental health sobriety, employment. We won't leave a veteran behind. 

We go into the jails and teach our veterans they are still heroes and we have their back when they get released. 


VAST does much more than go into jails.

Mental Health: Programs that alleviate stress, anxiety, and thoughts of self-harm. VAST takes veterans to recreational overnight retreats. 


Homeless to Housed: VAST Founder Valerie James suffered two bouts of homelessness due to undiagnosed PTSD. Keeping veterans off the street is a personal priority of VAST. VAST will assist the veteran and their family in obtaining vouchers to pay rent, assist with paying bills, and obtaining second chance housing apartments and houses.  

Sobriety: VAST will both conduct and connect veterans to sober activities, to include residential and outpatient treatment.

Education: VAST will walk you through signing up for the Post 911, Vocational Rehab, Hazelwood, or FAFSA.

Transportation: VAST will assist the veteran with transportation need to medical and employment appointment with the help of our partners.


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Valerie James 
Houston, TX
Veteran Advocates Services and Training (Vast) 
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