Thursday, December 10, 2015

Fort Hood Federal Veterans Treatment Court Pilot Program

Veterans Court pilot program to start at Fort Hood
Killeen Daily Herald
December 9, 2015

This new program at Fort Hood is thought to be the first of its kind on a U.S. Army installation, the release stated.
FORT HOOD, TEXAS - Beginning next month, qualified veterans charged with committing misdemeanors while on Fort Hood will be eligible to participate in a pilot program designed to provide an alternative to a federal conviction, according to a news release from the Fort Hood Public Affairs Office.

The Fort Hood Federal Veterans Treatment Court, "Veterans Endeavor for Treatment and Support" or "VETS," will work to divert veterans with service-connected mental health or substance abuse disorders out of the court system and into enduring treatment solutions with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

This initiative will be supervised by United States District Court Judge Walter S. Smith Jr. and run by United States Magistrate Judge Jeffrey C. Manske with the support of United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr. for the Western District of Texas, the release stated.
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