Delaware Veterans Court – Mentors Needed

Would you like to play a key role in helping fellow veterans? If so, The Delaware Veterans Court, founded nearly three years ago on February 18, 2011, in Kent County, needs mentors.

The Veterans Court involves the Delaware Superior Court, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Justice, Office of Public Defender and the Treatment Access Center.

The court is presided over by Kent County Superior Court Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr., and serves veterans throughout the state, including those charged with new offenses and those charged with violation of probation. It is the first statewide veterans court in the nation.

Click on http://courts.delaware.gov/Superior/veterans_court_mentor.stm, for the duties and responsibilities of volunteer mentors and for an application. Mentors need neither legal or counseling experience but they must:

-Be a veteran of the U.S. Military
-Adhere to Delaware Veterans Court Program policies and procedures
-Become familiar with Veterans Affairs services and Veterans community resources
-Serve as an advocate and role model for a veteran in the Veterans Court Program
-Attend training and court sessions, if and when needed
-Interact respectfully and professionally with other veterans and staff
-Agree to serve for a period of one year or more

Mentor training will take place on January 22, 2014, from 1 – 4 p.m., at the Delaware State Bar Association, 405 North King Street, Wilmington, DE

Contact Kathryn Wolinski at Kathryn.Wolinski@state.de.us to register and for follow up questions.

For additional information on the veterans court system see http://courts.delaware.gov/Superior/veterans_court.stm

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