From the Daily News:
A PROGRAM that strives to give mentally ill veterans treatment - instead of jail time - is set to receive a boost of more than $500,000.
The money will be used to hire social workers and peer counselors to help troubled veterans get back on their feet, organizers said.
It is the last piece of the Veterans Project, which identifies nonviolent offenders in Queens, Brooklyn and Nassau who are veterans, and tries to get them help instead of prison sentences. It is available to first-time offenders only.
Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens, Long Island) earmarked $540,000 last month to hire peer counselors and social workers. The money must still be approved by Congress and signed into law by President Obama.
So we have a measly non-guaranteed $540,000 for veterans, who have to sell off pieces of their St. Albans campus to make ends meet...
But we have billions of dollars for development schemes like Willets Point and Atlantic Yards, hundreds of millions of dollars for tweeding programs and $64M for Marty's potato chip?