VietNow National Magazine
believes that all veterans, regardless
of their present circumstances, and regardless
of the mistakes they may have made, deserve
to be recognized for the service they gave
to their country.
Matt Davison – National
Veterans Incarcerated Chairman
Some people ask me why I do what I do,
attempting to transform lives of Veterans
Incarcerated. Some people say they're criminals.
They broke the law and have to pay. Most
people don't consider that maybe PTSD has
something to do with choices made at a
young age, or that self-medicated drug
use, in order to forget, could lead to
addiction and imprisonment.
I work with veterans who took part in
the invasion of Iwo Jima, and fought in
the Solomon Islands during world War II.
I work with decorated veterans who were
turned around after the war and made bad
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What I tell these people is that
the men I train for successful and productive
releases back into their communities
were veterans first, and they must be recognized
for their service and their sacrifice.
They didn't run when they were called
to war, and we can't run from them when
they extend their hands.
Veterans Advocate with Joint Efforts,
Inc., began working with veterans incarcerated
two years ago through the creation of
the Veterans Support Group at the Federal
Corrections Institution at Terminal Island,
San Pedro, CA. He has also counseled pre-release
veterans at the Los Angeles County facility
in Lynwood, CA., and worked to get a veterans
incarcerated support group set up at San
Quentin. He received the “Beacon
of Light” award
from FCI Terminal Island for developing
the fastest-growing program at the institution.
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