BY DOMINICK YEZZO, CHAIR
The coronavirus has most inmates on lockdown or limited lockdown. There is limited or no visiting. During lockdowns incarcerated veterans suffer from the loss of counseling and cell-block programs.
Incarcerated veterans endure as they wait for small favors from the Departments of Corrections. The COVID pandemic has affected all of society, but especially these veterans. Inmates live in small, closed spaces. They share dining rooms and bathrooms.
Chapter 559 at the Grafton Correctional Institution in Ohio reports that Sgt. Ivan Roberts, inmates Modesto Garcia and Dominick Hudick, and most of the men in the veterans ward contracted the virus. Several were transported by ambulance to the Ohio State University Wexler Medical Center. One veteran, a Marine named James Rivers, died.
The Veterans Incarcerated and in the Justice System Committee asks that you remember them all. We fought together.