State VVA President Paul Davis Endorses Veterans Court

L to R: State President of the Vietnam Veterans of America Paul Davis; Volunteer Mentor Coordinator and attorney John H. McDonald; Superior Court Judge William Witham, Jr; Attorney Volunteer Ken Haltham; Law Enforcement Liaison W. Roger Minner; and VVA spokesman Dave Skocik at their initial meeting at the Kent Co. Court House on May 18.

L to R: State President of the Vietnam Veterans of America Paul Davis; Volunteer Mentor Coordinator and attorney John H. McDonald; Superior Court Judge William Witham, Jr; Attorney Volunteer Ken Haltham; Law Enforcement Liaison W. Roger Minner; and VVA spokesman Dave Skocik at their initial meeting at the Kent Co. Court House on May 18.

State VVA President Paul Davis and VVA spokesperson Dave Skocik met with the legal team led by Superior Court Judge William Witham Jr. on May 18 to learn about their efforts in the creation of Delaware’s Veterans Treatment Court.

His legal team includes John H. McDonald, Ken Haltham and Roger Minner, who are all military veterans. Their veteran status and understanding of the issues that affect veterans are what motivated them to take on this project, done entirely on their own initiative. Cecilia Gonzalez, a Veterans Administration outreach specialist, is part of the process.

Veterans Courts are being established across the country but because of Delaware’s small size, it’s presently the only statewide court operated from a single location. That will change because both New Castle and Sussex counties plan to establish their own courts.

The inaugural session of the court was held on February 18, 2011. The Veteran’s Treatment Court is a collaborative project between the Superior Court of Delaware, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Delaware Department of Justice, Office of the Public Defender and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Service’s Treatment Access Center.

According to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, 1.16 million or nearly 10% of all adults arrested in 2009 have served in the military. The goal of the Veteran’s Treatment Court is to divert this specialized population of veterans who are charged with non-violent felonies and misdemeanor crimes away from jail and into appropriate rehabilitative programs.

Veterans in the program must attend regular status conferences in Court, participate in the development of their treatment plans, and engage in community groups as required by their treatment. After completion of the program, prosecution for the offense will not proceed and the charges against the veteran will be dismissed.

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