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For Vets, Rehab Rather than Prison

on Fri, 2014-01-31 21:47

Ronald Taucher, an Air Force veteran, was back in federal court last week. Unlike his past court appearances, however, when Taucher battled alcohol abuse and risked going to jail, now he was celebrating his graduation.

Taucher completed a new program that offers veterans struggling with substance abuse a chance at rehabilitation rather than prison.

Read more: http://www.msnbc.com/the-cycle/vets-rehab-rather-prison

Retired Brig. Gen. Allison A. Hickey, the U.S. Under Secretary for Benefits at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Visits the Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court

on Thu, 2014-01-16 20:12

Retired Brig. Gen. Allison A. Hickey, the U.S. Under Secretary for Benefits at the Department of Veterans Affairs, visited the Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court in January 2014. After talking with Judge Robert Russell and the Buffalo Veteran Mentor Group, she said, ”it was a life changing experience.”  Under Secretary Hickey reports directly to Secretary Shinseki and is the head of the Veterans Disability Office in Washington, D.C. 

The Buffalo Court was the first veterans treatment court in the country, and today there are more than 100 courts across the nation. 

Vet Court Conference Video

on Tue, 2013-12-17 16:39

Veterans across the nation are volunteering in Veterans Treatment Court and coming to the aid of their fellow veterans who are struggling with substance abuse and/or mental health conditions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bQYd6Zn47AQ 

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