Imprisoned Veterans

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A program that assists imprisoned Kentucky veterans was rescued when funding was slipped into a federal minimum-wage and disaster-assistance bill.

The money will allow the Incarcerated Veterans Transitional Program to continue through September. It had been set to expire June 30th.

The three-year pilot program works to keep veterans from becoming homeless and returning to prison. It's one of seven pilot programs started in five states in 2004.

Each of those programs receives an annual 250-thousand-dollar federal grant.

The group has served more than 260 veterans, of which seven percent have returned to prison, compared to the 57 percent average state rate of recidivism.

Louisville congressman John Yarmuth of Louisville lobbied the chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations to keep the program alive.

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