Rebuilding the lives of our Veterans through support and mentorship
A group of professionals in La Crosse County, Wisconsin became concerned over the increasing number of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who were found in the criminal justice system. They found that many veterans in our criminal justice system have a service-related behavioral health issue that is connected to their current criminal behavior. The group began a several step approach to achieve the goal of assisting these veterans obtain services that they had been unable to attain or had been refused or not utilized.
The group first created the La Crosse Area Veterans Mentor Program (LAVMP) on January 4th, 2010 to immediately meet the needs of veterans. LAVMP attempts to overcome the stigma or fears of veterans to engage services available to them through the Veterans Administration System (VA) and the community. The La Crosse Area Veterans Treatment Court was the next component to be created on November 11, 2010.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, it is our charitable mission to provide support and mentorship to veterans of the United States Armed Forces who are experiencing legal, mental health or behavioral health problems by assisting and encouraging their utilization of VA Benefits and community-based services.
"We thank our military veterans for their many sacrifices which make our lives so much better. God Bless you all!"
"Words cannot express the gratitude I feel towards you. The constant support and advice you have provided to her along with your undying efforts are simply miraculous."
"Thank you for the program and all you do for those who have served our county."
"Thank you for taking the time to come and talk to us. We appreciate all of your input and look forward to continue working with you in the future."
"Please accept my families thanks in honor of Jerry, a man deeply committed to his family, his county and all LAVMP stands for. While he is physically lost to us, his spirit and commitments, because of who he was, will live on in the Great Web of Life and in the value of all the great work you and your colleagues do on behalf of veterans. Thank you."