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Spokane Veteran Court & Forum

An Under The Radar Population

Tracy J. Pendarvis
ADST 308
Cultural Issues in Addictive Treatment & Behavior Health
Eastern Washington University

August 2, 2016

DISCUSSION OBJECTIVES
WHAT IS SPOKANE VETERAN COURT & FORUM

DEMOGRAPHICS OF THIS UNDER THE RADAR POPULATION

ADDRESSING THE “SEEN” AND “UNSEEN” (PHYSICAL, MENTAL
AND DEVELOPEMENTAL) CONCERNS OF THIS POPULATION

THE ROLE OF THERAPEUTIC RECREATION WITH THE
SPOKANE VETERAN COURT AND FORUM POPULATION

What is Spokane Veterans
Court and Forum ?

What is the Veteran Court
Simply stated, The Spokane Veterans (VET) Court
is a Therapeutic Drug Court designed specifically
for all military veterans or active-duty soldiers
who qualify and are charged with misdemeanors,
gross misdemeanors and reduced felony charges
(Graman, 2010). Currently the Spokane Vet Court
does not handle any felony cases. According to
the Spokane County Clerk ,there is a goal to
establish a Superior Court Veterans Court ( Tim
Fitzgerald - Spokane County Clerk, 2016) .

What is the Veterans Forum
The Spokane Veterans Forum (SVF)
provides Training Support, Fellowship,
Camaraderie and help to veterans from
any Veterans Enhanced Therapeutic VET
Court (SVF, 2013). SVF provides services
through partnerships with veterans
groups, federal, state and local
governments, local businesses and nonprofits in the Inland
Northwest (SVF,2013).

Wire Diagram of Veterans
Forum

Demographics of the Vets in
U.S and Spokane,
Washington
Our U.S. Troops in Iraq
& Afghanistan suffered
approximately 50,000
physical injuries and an
estimated 400,000
unseen battle combatrelated stress, major
depression, and post
traumatic stress
disorder injuries.

The Dept. of Defense
reported that 30,000
military marriages
ended in divorce in
2011.  Not only is the
spouse who served in
combat wounded, but
also spouse who stayed
home is wounded in so
many ways as well.

(Wounded Warrior Project,
2013)

(Wounded Warriors Project,
2013)

Demographics of two minority
groups of the U.S. Veteran population

According to Pentagon
figures an estimated
26,000 service women
experienced unwanted
sexual contact – up from
19,300 two years ago
(2010)—a number the
Pentagon says is
unacceptable.
(CBS Evening News, May 6,
2013)

Between 50,000 to
60,000 veterans live in
Spokane County, which
equates to between 1012% of the estimated
2012 population.
(Spokane County Veteran
Services,2016)

The Seen Injuries of
Veterans
( The Week, 2012)

AMPUTATIONS
double /triple

Spinal Cord
Injury

amputations • Long term
rehabilitation
requiring
prosthetic
• Possible long
care
term rehab
facility care.

Traumatic
Brain Injury
(TBI)
Possible cognitive,
behavioral, emotional
problems, including
depression and PTSD
symptoms, making it
hard to determine
whether soldiers are
suffering a
psychological problem,
a brain injury, or both.

The Unseen Injuries of Veterans
( The Week, 2012)

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Is the unseen combat wound that is hidden deep within
the brain. It can lead to possible cognitive, behavioral,
emotional problems to include depression and PTSD
symptoms. The presence of PTSD symptoms makes it
difficult to determine whether veterans are suffering a
psychological problem, a brain injury, or both.
- Common symptoms include: blackouts, flashbacks,
night terrors . Vets suffer higher rates of: suicide,
alcoholism, and drug use.
- To date one in three— or more than 700,000— suffers
from PTSD, depression, or brain injury.

THE ROLE OF THERAPEUTIC RECREATION
WITH THE SPOKANE
VETERAN COURT AND FORUM POPULATION

Veteran Forum

Dedicated mentors A great deal of diversity in age, military
branch, rank with one common connection. “We will leave
no veteran behind!” (SVF, 2016) Watch the video
video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CScE0wKfmB8

Outward Bound for Vets

Helps thousands of returning service members and recent
veterans readjust to life at home through powerful wilderness
courses that draw on the healing benefit of teamwork and
challenge through use of the natural world (Outward Bound,
2016) Watch the video

video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWJnxTjSszQ

References

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2010/sep/19/veterans-court-weighs-st
ress-of-war-service/

SAMHSA. (2014). Improving Cultural Competance
-TIP 59. Rockville: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services .

http://theweek.com/articles/478830/tough-homecoming-war-veterans

http://spokanecares.org/index.php?c_ref=281

http://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/00

http://spokaneveteransforum.org/

https://www.ewu.edu/cale/programs/pehr/ewu-challenge-course

http://www.outwardbound.org/veteran-adventures/outward-bound-for-ve
terans/