|Posted on November 29, 2016 at 12:55 AM|
Hall County State Veterans Court’s First Graduation
Hall County State Veterans Court recognized its first participant to successfully complete the program at the inaugural graduation ceremony on October 18, 2016. Following the presentation of the flag by the Marine Corps League Color Guard and special remarks by Colonel Jim Chapin of the Marine Corps League, Judge B.E. Roberts, III presented challenge coins to retired service members from all branches of service who serve as mentors to the program participants.
Hall County State Veterans Court was established in October 2014 as the judges were seeing an influx of combat vets who were returning from deployment struggling with issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and ending up in the criminal justice system. This niche of the criminal justice population requires specialized support and is eligible for services that are often difficult for them to navigate alone. Additionally, many struggle with homelessness and employment issues, in addition to their mental health or substance abuse issues, which takes significant staff time to address and resolve. The programs link veterans to Veterans Affairs services, psychiatrists, medications, counseling sessions, employment resources, court personnel, housing resources, and transportation they need to be successful members of society.