WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after the Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act, bipartisan legislation to expand access to veteran treatment courts, was signed into law this weekend:
“Texas is home to the first VETS Court established on a military installation at Fort Hood, so we are no stranger to the positive impact these courts can have on those who need a second chance,” said Sen. Cornyn. “I’m glad more communities will be able to establish and support these specialized courts to help more veterans access the life-changing treatment they deserve.”
Veteran treatment courts are an alternative to the traditional criminal justice system for veterans who have committed non-violent misdemeanor crimes while transitioning back to civilian life. Through these courts, veterans struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues are able to enroll in recovery programs, and judges, local VA officials, veteran organizations, prosecutors, public defenders, and other community organizations work directly with veterans to ensure successful treatment.
This legislation establishes a single office within the Department of Justice, in coordination with the Department of Veterans Affairs, to help state, local, and tribal governments develop and maintain veteran treatment courts. It will provide grants, training, and technical assistance for veteran treatment courts and communities interested in starting a program.
This bill is supported by the American Legion, AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans, National Military & Veterans Alliance, American Logistics Association, American Military Retirees Association, American Military Society, American and Navy Union of the USA, American Retiree Association, Association of the US Navy, Military Order of Foreign Wars, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Military Order of World Wars, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, The Flag and General Officers Network, The Independence Fund, The Retired Enlisted Association, Society of Military Widows, Vietnam Veterans of America, and Catholic War Veterans.