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Veterans Justice Partnership

Veterans Justice Partnership logoVISN 4’s Veterans Justice Partnership is a unique program that aims to get former service members the treatment they need as an alternative to incarceration. Working together with local courts, the VA connects Veterans with resources to help them combat the problems at the root of their legal troubles, such as behavioral health, substance abuse or other reintegration issues.

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Each medical center in VISN 4 has a staff member dedicated to working with justice-involved Veterans, even if the local court system has not yet established an official Veterans Court. To learn more about the Veterans Justice program and how the VA can help you, contact your local Veterans Justice Partnership specialist listed below. These specialists are here to help.

Altoona  Bonnie Clark 814-943-8164 x4201
Butler Brad Schaffer 724-285-2240
Clarksburg Richard Jones 304-623-3461
Coatesville Diana Zinnie 610-384-7711 x5625
Erie Terrence W. Yeager 814-860-2267
Lebanon Julie Bergstresser 717-272-6621 x5162
Philadelphia Rebecca Hicks
Cynthia Okore
215-823-5800 x6594
215-823-5800 x3518
Pittsburgh C. Denise Senft 412-822-1410
Wilkes-Barre Kim Sapolis-Lacey 570-824-3521 x4574
Wilmington Cecelia Gonzalez 302-824-9322

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Volunteer as a Peer Mentor

To find out more about becoming a volunteer peer mentor in the Veterans Justice Partnership and to begin an online training program, call 215-560-6300 or visit*

Pennsylvania Criminal Justice System

To learn more about the Pennsylvania criminal justice system, call 215-560-6300 or visit* 

In the News

Duquesne University law clinic provides legal aid to Veterans*
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | September 23, 2013

Veterans who complete intense treatment can have court charges expunged* 
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | April 22, 2012

Veterans help other veterans in special court program* 
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Nov. 11, 2010

Helping Veterans With Legal Problems
VA Pittsburgh's Veterans Justice Outreach Program has successfully partnered with Allegheny County courts to help Veterans turn their lives around and avoid incarceration.


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