Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court is currently recruiting mentors to assist former service men and women who have become involved with the criminal justice system.
On Friday, August 15, 2014, Common Pleas Court Judge Dennis Adkins and the Montgomery County Veterans Service Commission hosted a “Veterans Treatment Court Mentor Training” session for a dozen participants.
“When veterans return to our community from service, many come back, not only with physical injuries, but also mental scars of war including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, traumatic brain injury, depression, alcoholism and substance abuse,” said Montgomery County Commons Pleas Court Judge Dennis Adkins. “As a result, we are seeing more veterans becoming involved in the criminal justice system.”
Judge Adkins spearheaded the effort to establish Veterans Treatment Court back in the beginning of 2013, collaborating with the Veterans Administration, Montgomery County Veterans Service Commission, retired veterans and civilians.
“This is a much more intensive program than regular probation,” added Judge Adkins. “We provide mentors that understand the veteran mentality, someone who knows what it’s like to go to war and try to come back and fit back into society.”
Any current or honorably discharged service member can become a mentor for Veterans Treatment Court. Contact the Montgomery County Veterans Service Commission at 937-225-4801 ext. 224 or visit http://www.mcohio.org/services/veterans/