The Spokane veterans forum
Spokane Veterans Forum (SVF) is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization that provides mentoring, educational, therapeutic, and life enhancing services to military veterans referred from regional Veterans Enhanced Therapeutic Courts (VET Court).
Spokane's Veterans Forum newly added page by Alan Basham, M.A.
Our Operation Staff and Board of SVF, along with the Court officials and Veterans Treatment Court Judges are following protocols established by the Spokane Regional Health District regarding COVID-19. At this time, after careful consideration, Vet Forum has announced it will be cancelled until notified by the Courts to resume. Please follow guidelines from the Court and Probation Officers regarding Vet Court appearances. Mentees of Spokane Veterans Forum (SVF) should remain in continued communication, by email or telephonically, with the assigned Probation Officer. Please expect delays with returned calls as they will only be returned when P.O.s are in their offices. Thank you for your support and we wish everyone Good Health.
The Spokane Veterans Forum (SVF) is a 501(C)(3), non-profit organization that provides mentoring, educational, therapeutic, and life enhancing services to military veterans referred from regional Veterans Enhanced Therapeutic Courts (VET Court). The SVF was established in 2010. The SVF trains volunteer mentors and matches mentors with defendants. Reports are regularly made to the VET Court probation officers regarding individual progress and compliance for the court ordered treatment reviews. At the formal SVF monthly meetings, the veterans share a meal together and attend educational or therapeutic programs. A celebration ceremony is also held to acknowledge graduates of the program. Through successful participation in the SVF program and their individual respective treatment services, nearly all participating defendant veterans will have their offense dismissed or substantially reduced-all done with other veterans at their side. The SVF Program prepares veteran defendants to take their place as upstanding citizens in society and saves the community the cost of incarcerations.
“It was wonderful to feel a part of something where others understand your struggles and are there to genuinely help you make a difference in your life. I never once felt judged or looked down upon for my mistakes, instead there were open arms, listening ears and friends’ help at every turn”.
SVF Graduate: RL – 2018
“When I served my time in the Air Force, I had no idea that nearly 20 years later I would still be benefiting from my service to my country. It seems I have received much more than I gave. lt is a privilege to be in this program and I am very grateful.”
SVF Graduate: MT – 2018
“If I hadn’t been pushed by this (VET) court to give up alcohol I would not have sought out aid for my health problems. Thank you for pushing me to get my body fixed so I can be successful in school and life…. If I hadn’t been in the VET Court program, I would not have pushed for my disability compensation and therefore not be eligible for Vocation Rehab. I greatly appreciate the positive effects that the Spokane VET Court has had on my life.”
Your donation to Spokane Veterans Forum will invest in veterans, creating a ripple effect in communities across the northwest. The Forum provides veterans the means for seeking a healthy lifestyle and develop life skills. Your donation will secure treatment the veterans have earned and assist them to secure employment, prevent living on the streets and prevent the possible tragedy of suicide.