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Incarcerated Veterans Program


The Incarcerated Veterans Program is designed to address the readjustment and reentry needs of veterans returning to society following a period of incarceration. 

Level I

All correctional facilities provide Level I services ensuring that veterans obtain a copy of their DD214 Military Discharge papers and that appropriate referrals are made through the Veterans Administration (VA) for ongoing treatment, vocational training, education, housing and employment when the veteran is released from incarceration. 


Level II

In addition to the Level 1 services provided, Level II facilities also have a Veterans Organization or a Veterans Educational Group that meets on a regular basis providing education, camaraderie and support to each other. There is often a community group involved, such as an American Legion or a VFW Post. These facilities often hold a Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony and Banquet to honor their service to their country.


Level III

Level III facilities provide the Veterans Residential Therapeutic Program (VRTP). These are six month therapeutic programs that address readjustment issues with a focus on continuing substance abuse recovery, anger and aggression management, PTSD, and personal enhancement. Providing contact with community providers allows for meaningful referrals and contacts for re-entry planning. The VRTP offers veterans the opportunity to be housed together in residential settings. When nearing release from incarceration, referrals are made through the VA to appropriate levels of care as determined in the program.


Program goals include:

  • Helping incarcerated veterans become aware of their entitlements and benefits and available community resources.
  • Assisting them in verifying their veteran status.
  • Providing counseling to address service related problems.
  • Providing access to veterans service providers in the community.

Program Duration

  • Informational seminars for veterans related issues are provided as the need arises.
  • Sessions are scheduled when representatives from agencies, community organizations and professional groups are available.
  • The duration of the veterans counseling groups in the Self-Help level varies by facility.
  • Duration and intensity of counseling groups depend upon the program.

Admission Requirements

  • Must be a veteran and able to produce a copy of Form DD214.
  • Willingness to participate in the activities and groups.
  • Commitment to follow through on submitting necessary paperwork and making contacts.


Incarcerated Veterans Program Guidelines


    Incarcerated Veterans Program Guidelines

    The purpose of these guidelines is to promote and provide statewide standards, procedures, and information for the operation of the Incarcerated Veterans Program within the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS).