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A Salute To Veterans In Need Of Restorative Justice

November 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:45 pm

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The Veterans Defense Project, along with the University of St. Thomas School of Law, cordially invite you to join us for this special event in Minneapolis or online.

The Veterans Defense Project (VDP) is a non-profit that advocates for veterans, like Tony Miller (watch his story), who need support to navigate the legal system, heal from trauma, and reintegrate back into our communities.

We hope that you’ll join us on November 9th as we acknowledge the many challenges veterans face, and honor their sacrifice by our advocacy and action.



  • The event program is 4:00-6:00pm followed by a reception 6:00-6:45pm.


Panel: “Expanding Veterans Treatment Court Approaches”

  • Former Kansas Chief Justice Lawton Nuss, US Marine Corps veteran
  • Colonel (ret) DJ Reyes, US Army and National Veterans Rights Advocate
  • Professor Kristine Huskey, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
  • Moderator: Ryan Else, US Army veteran and co-founder of the VDP


Panel: “Exploring the Groundbreaking Work of the Veterans Justice Commission”

  • Colonel Jim Seward, US Army and Executive Director of the Veterans Justice Commission
  • Brock Hunter, US Army veteran and co-founder of the VDP
  • Moderator: Berlynn Fleury, US Marine Corps veteran and VDP Board Member


Panel: “Addressing Invisible Injuries and the Epidemic of Veteran Suicide”

  • Hector Matascastillo, US Army veteran and therapist
  • Travis Kowitz, Founder of Bill’s Wish, attorney, and VDP Board Member
  • Dan Tengwall, US Army veteran and local Veterans Affairs Lead for Intervention
  • Moderator: Chitra Ragavan, Founder/CEO of Goodstory and VDP Board Member


Questions? Email Lindsey.Kirchhoff@veteransdefenseproject.org


University of St. Thomas School of Law
1101 Harmon Pl
Minneapolis, 55403 United States

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Website: https://law.stthomas.edu/

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