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VISN-5 MIRECC | Anti-Stigma Resources regarding Justice-Involved Veterans

Veterans Justice Programs (VJP)

The Veterans Justice Programs (VJP) office within the VHA National Homeless Programs Office at the Veterans Affairs Central Office (VACO) includes “Assessing and combatting the stigmatization of justice-involved Veterans” in its original and revised strategic plans. The resources below support these objectives by offering a summary of research, examples of real-life observations on the problem, and suggestions for ameliorating it, through the VISN-5 MIRECC’s partnership with VJP.

Anyone is welcome to view, download, and use any of these resources.
If you have questions or are interested in collaboration, please contact Alicia Lucksted.

Anti-Stigma Resources

VJP Stigma Strategies Presentation Modules

The following modules are available by request as PDFs or PowerPoint files. Please email Alicia Lucksted at if you would like to receive the files.

Part 1
Module 1: Introduction to How Stigma Causes Harm + Core Change Principles
Module 2: Core Strategies for Reducing the Harms of Stigmatizing Justice-Involved Veterans
Module 3: Improving VA Services Regarding Stigma and Justice-Involved Veterans

Part 2
Module 4: Talking with Justice-involved Veterans about Anticipated & Internalized Stigma
Module 5: The Hazards of Over-Documentation for the Healthcare of Justice-Involved Veterans
Module 6: Everyday Strategies & Micro-Interventions to Reduce Stigmatization of Justice-Involved Veterans

VJP Strategic Objectives Related to Stigmatization of Veterans with
Criminal Justice History