Veteran Advocates Services & Training

VAST hosts the Inaugural State Justice Involved Veteran Summit 

What are our services

What is VAST doing in the community

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Homeless to housed

vast has collaborated with organizations to house veterans experiencing homelessness as fast as 24hours.

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Path to wellness

VAST WORKS WITH OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS TO GET OUR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES in or out client ASSISTANCE WITH MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE USE 

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VAST REENTRY

VASTVAST Navigators Jake Hicks and Thomas Kane mentor over 100 veterans in both the Harris County Stars and Stripes and the Brothers in Arms tanks twice a week

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Education

VAST facilitaes an annual Justice Involved Veteran Summit.

VAST recieves a Proclamation for the City of Houston for our work with veterans!

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Mentoring in the Harris County Jail

VAST Navigators Jake Hicks and Thomas Kane mentor over 100 veterans in both the Harris County Stars and Stripes and the Brothers in Arms tanks twice a week

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Shoes

Helping a hero get her life back 

Army SGT Kendra Garza lost her leg in Afghanistan. VAST was instrumental in getting Martin Bionics to donate a leg allowing this hero to get her life back after a long battle with sobriety and the law..

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VAST Host 1st Women's Veteran Day Resourece Fair 

Close to 100 female veterans recived food, hygiene items clothing, mental health, housing and job assistance. The attendees also received meditation sessions as well as massages with Vet Trip. 

Why we serve

What is a justice involved veteran?
 
Justice Involved Veterans 
The term justice involved Veterans is used to describe former service members who have been detained by or are under the supervision of the criminal justice system. Their involvement can range from arrest, to court involvement, to incarceration in jail or prison. ~Veterans Administration
 
Veterans sometimes enter the military seeking a better life from trauma, a trauma that can be exacerbated during their military service. After their military service you now have a veteran suffering compounding trauma. When these traumas escalate the ensuing behavior if not treated may lead to run ins with the law. This is the justice involved veteran.

VAST Navigator
Army Master Sargent Jake Hicks


Why he has such a heart to serve the veterans and their families

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

  • Justice Involved Veteran Summit
    Sep 06, 8:40 AM – Sep 07, 3:30 PM
    Houston, 50 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77007, USA
  • Multi Community Health Fair and Carnival
    Nov 11, 5:00 PM – Nov 13, 11:00 PM
    Houston, Tidwell Park, Houston, TX 77016
    VAST will facilitate a mental/medical health fair for the Kashmere, Trinoity, Houston and surrounding neighborhoods. 3 day event including a carnival

Mentored over 4000 Incarcerated veterans
Pre-released 


Transitioned over 1500 veterans into