On Aug. 29, a packed courtroom celebrated four more graduates of the Veterans Treatment Court. This marked the Johnson County District Court's sixth graduation in this program. The mission of the VTC is to identify veterans in the criminal justice system and, when eligible, get them into treatment and court supervision as an alternative to incarceration. You can learn more about the program in the video below.
Today's graduation included speeches from Judge Timothy P. McCarthy, who spearheaded the effort to bring VTC to Johnson County, as well as Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss and Major General Clyde J. "Butch" Tate II, a military lawyer who previously served as the 19th Deputy Judge Advocate General of the United States Army. U.S. Senator Jerry Moran delivered the keynote speech.
"The four veterans we honor today are on a path to provide us with leadership," said Senator Moran. "Our country desperately needs you as role models."
The four graduates each appeared in front of the audience with their volunteer mentors. Graduates received a certificate and a program coin, and made brief remarks.