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Henderson’s veterans treatment court seeking volunteer mentors

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Updated: 4/03/2013 1:47 pm
HENDERSON, Nev. – The Henderson Municipal Court is seeking volunteer veterans to serve as mentors for defendants enrolled in Veterans Treatment Court. As an advocate and ally, mentors help coach and guide veterans through the court treatment program.

Veterans Treatment Court is an alternative sentencing program for military veterans charged with misdemeanor crimes while struggling to readjust to civilian life. Many wrestle with substance abuse and mental illness that appear to be related to military service. Veterans Treatment Court focuses on the veteran’s underlying issues and provides access to resources that enable successful compliance with the court’s orders.

Volunteer veteran mentors serve as friends to their fellow veterans who are struggling and in need. They help the veteran with readjustment issues that can create a difficult reentry into civilian life. Mentors assist the participant to navigate through the court program, but do not assume the role of an attorney or treatment provider.

“No bond is as strong as the one that exists among those who have fought for their country,” said Chief Judge Mark Stevens and fellow United States Marine Corps veteran. “Having a fellow veteran to talk to and get their support and guidance helps our defendants successfully complete the program.”

Veterans Treatment Court was implemented in Henderson in 2009. Since the program’s inception, approximately 47 participants have enrolled and 14 have graduated. All graduates have remained out of the Henderson criminal justice system to date.

To serve as a volunteer veteran mentor or for more information on Veterans Treatment Court, please contact Luanne Montoya, Henderson Municipal Court, at (702) 267-3350 or visit cityofhenderson.com.

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