Visiting a family member in custody is a significant challenge. The impact of incarceration on families ranges from financial instability to the inability to cope with emotional difficulties. All challenges are amplified when hundreds of miles must be traveled to maintain contact. Valor Village provides a physical and emotional safe place for guests, so that they are strengthened by their stay and better able to support and advocate on behalf of their beloved veteran.
The majority of the subset of veterans who are involved in the regional justice system suffer from mental health disorders, trauma, and substance use resulting from their service to our country. Valor Village serves justice-involved veterans by educating their families about these invisible wounds and advocating for the expansion of veteran treatment courts. Supporting veterans who are "almost home," reduces their vulnerability to recidivism, promotes public safety and prevents the deconstruction of faithful and enduring military family units.
Empower the military families of justice-involved veterans to maintain and nurture their critical connections to promote well-being.
Valor Village Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides safe, comfortable, overnight lodging for family members who’ve traveled to the Hampton Roads region of Virginia to visit with an incarcerated military veteran.
Guests stay, free-of-charge, at a spacious, newly renovated, residential home (STAYtion) that offers respite self-care, educational resources and access to a compassionate support staff of justice advocates.
Valor Village eliminates the prohibitive cost of temporary housing so that loved ones, from out-of-town, can be with the veteran for supportive visits, court proceedings, and legal meetings.
Guests may also spend time in the resource room, equipped with informative multimedia material so that they may learn about self-care techniques to diminish stress and feelings of despair. Additional information, with topics on how to best support the vet, includes: connecting the veteran with the benefits they have earned, diversion programs, re-entry training, and much more.
Valor Village Foundation, Inc. was founded by Angela Johnson, a Silver Star mother, whose son, Andrew, a service-disabled veteran defended himself against a robbery attempt by two attackers. Although there were no serious injuries, Andrew was unjustly detained in a California county jail for nearly three and half years while awaiting trial. She and her husband, William, repeatedly traveled the 3000 miles to visit and ensure that their son's rights were protected as they helped him fight for his freedom. Their victorious battle ended in a not guilty verdict. However, the emotional and financial devastation incurred changed the trajectory of their lives. After experiencing how searching for safe, affordable housing threatened their ability to maintain supportive visits, in 2017 Valor Village was established. As they continued to restore their minds and spirits, they also began to restore a beautiful, abandoned, Hampton Roads home that, much like themselves, had been damaged but not destroyed.
Staytions include high safety standards, and provides clean, distraction-free accommodations designed and stocked with home away from home amenities.
The former owner of this historic estate in Albermarle County, VA was an officer in the War of 1812. In 1910 his grandson, also a military officer, replicated the home, on a smaller scale, in Hampton Roads.
Today that home is a Valor Village residence. Our commitment to preserving its original architectural features honors the legacy of the generations of veterans who upheld the family's time-honored tradition of military service. Over 100 family members served, two of whom were POWs.
The peaceful location is enhanced by the tranquil water view. What better respite spot for powering-up than the house that bravery built?
Military family members have waited, worried and sacrificed in the shadows. When factors resulting in incarceration disrupts their veteran's transition home, Valor Village helps to keep the "family first" circle unbroken, as together they courageously overcome challenges of the present to secure a fulfilling future.
The pair of service boots that guests find posted at the front door represents our social responsibility pledge—To prove ourselves worthy of our veterans’ and their families' sacrifices, by helping to bridge the gap between isolation and unwavering support.
We at Valor Village are honored to serve the families of justice-involved military veterans, as they fight for the freedom of those who fought so gallantly for ours.