Ron Self

Ron Self

Executive Director - Veterans Healing Veterans Formerly Incarcerated

Ron Self worked in Special Operations in the United States Marine Corps for 10 years before finding himself serving 23 years in prison. Ron founded Veterans Healing Veterans from the Inside Out in 2012 while incarcerated in San Quentin.

Veterans Healing Veterans has received three grants in the last three years from California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to replicate the program at San Quentin. Veterans Healing Veterans is directly responsible for creation of the veterans yard model at Correctional Training Facillity in Soledad, CA, which will be the central hub.

Self is a highly-decorated veteran who earned a Ph.D. in Behavioral Studies from Quantico while in the Marine Corps.

Reentry Conference Event Page

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
HALL B | St. Mary's Cathedral - Event Center

Veterans Justice: Insights, Avenues and Solutions

Mick Gardner
Mick Gardner - Manager C.O.V.E.R. In-custody/Out-of-custody Program/Swords to Plowshares


Judge Michael Isaku Begert
San Francisco Veteran Justice Court and Superior Court Judge
Ron Self
Executive Director - Veterans Healing Veterans, Formerly Incarcerated
Megan O’Leary
(Staff) Attorney - Veteran Upgrade - Swords To Plowshares
Jenna Ferrara, LCSW
Veterans Administration - Veteran Justice Outreach Specialist
Tim Healy
Health Care Reentry Veterans - Peer Specialist, Formerly Incarcerated


This Veterans Justice Panel is a dedicated group comprised of legal experts, veterans' advocates, justice-impacted supervision, and representatives from relevant community-based and VA agencies. The purpose, of this panel presentation is to demonstrate the impact of collaborative service provisions that veterans receive and the fair treatment within the justice system as they address their unique legal challenges. The panel discussion will include issues such as access to legal services, diversion programs for veterans with mental health or substance abuse issues, understanding and navigating veterans' benefits, addressing life skills strategies for Veterans to gain during their in-custody tenure, and advocating for policies that support veterans' rights. Utilizing this collaboration with various stakeholders, our panel aims to promote justice, support, and rehabilitation for those who have served our country.