Veterans Treatment Court is an initiative in the 7th Judicial Circuit designed to focus on the distinctive needs of veterans in the criminal justice system.  Vietnam Veterans of America Daytona Beach Chapter 1048 , along with Team Red, White and Blue and Wounded Warriors are the primary Mentors.

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"Never Again Will One Generation of Veterans Abandon Another"           "Veterans Helping Veterans"

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Military veterans are unique in that they undergo vigorous physical training emphasizing survival, endurance, and courage. They are also molded to respect authority, serve selflessly, and abide by the codes of duty, honor, and patriotism. Although these are admirable traits, these characteristics have the potential for extreme emotional and mental strain for those leaving military service and reintegrating to civilian life.

The military acknowledges that veterans have distinctive needs and that many veterans require treatment to deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), substance abuse issues, mental health issues, and suicidal thoughts. The courts have also recognized these needs and in 2008 the country’s first Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) was implemented in Buffalo, New York. Since then more programs have been implemented throughout the country, including several in Florida.

Veterans Treatment Courts follow a positive, authoritative model to assist veterans with resolving legal matters while linking veterans to services to which they are entitled. Therefore, these individuals already have benefits for medical, substance abuse, and mental health treatment. Additionally, the Department of Veterans Affairs can assist with daily needs such as housing and sustenance.

Eligibility
An individual who is charged with a crime, served in the U.S. Armed Forces and was honorably or generally discharged may be eligible. Inclusion in VTC depends on verification of the service and discharge record and a criminal background check.

Veterans Court Volusia

Presiding in our Veterans Courts are:
Volusia County Court Judge Bryan Feigenbaum - east Volusia/Daytona Beach
Volusia County Court Judge Steven Henderson - west Volusia/DeLand
Circuit Judge Howard O. McGillin, Jr. - St. Johns County/St. Augustine


For more information, please contact 

Daytona Beach/east Volusia - Court Services Officer Judy Beechler via email or (386) 254-4672 
DeLand/west Volusia - Court Services Officer Joe Sterthaus via email or (386) 822-5741 
St. Johns County Veterans Treatment Court Coordinator Brian Jacobson via email or (904) 827-5626

Rod Phillips- VVA Chapter 1048  cobra101st@gmail.com or 386.690.9553

Web Master Rod Phillips cobra101st@gmail.com

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VETERANS COURT

Committee Chair Rod Phillips