SPEAKERS

Photo of Col (Ret.) DJ Reyes, JD, MA, National Veterans Rights Advocate Senior Mentor Program Coordinator,  Tampa FL Veterans Treatment Court  Appointee, US Secretary Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans

Col (Ret.) DJ Reyes, JD, MA, National Veterans Rights Advocate Senior Mentor Program Coordinator, Tampa FL Veterans Treatment Court Appointee, US Secretary Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans

December 4, 2023

DJ Reyes is a retired US Army Colonel with over 33 years of faithful service to our great Nation. Earning his bachelors, masters, and juris doctor degrees from the University of Notre Dame, the US Naval War College, and Temple University School of Law, DJ’s leadership resume also includes key command and staff positions in special forces / special operations, military intelligence, infantry, airborne, air assault, Joint, Interagency, and Multi-National organizations. Combat and contingency deployments included tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, North Africa, Bosnia, Kosovo, Haiti and Korea.

In 2013, DJ established the volunteer Veteran Mentor Program that directly supports the nationally acclaimed Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) (Tampa FL). This Court assists veterans in trouble with the law due to a disorder or condition incurred during military service. He is a national veteran advocate who has briefed in the White House and on Capitol Hill, and who lobbied for the successful passage of HR886 (VTC national funding) and HR3967/S3373 PACT
Act (Toxic Exposures)/Burn Pits). DJ sits on various national, US Congressional, and State veteran advisory boards.

DJ is the lead advocate for establishing a Human Trafficking Treatment Court in Tampa as Florida currently ranks #3 in the Nation for reporting human trafficking activities. He is the current Vice-Chair, Tampa’s Citizens Review Board which oversees Tampa Police and community issues. His wife Julie runs the Diversity Action Coalition that supports the military EFMP program and local community programs for the special needs and disabled.