Veterans Treatment Court Teams Helps Justice Involved Veteran

The New Year wasn’t looking so bright for Justice Involved Veteran Danny. In 2014 Danny was arrested in his hometown in Fentress County and was sent to Murfreesboro VAMC for much needed help. Once he successfully completed the VA’s mental health programs he entered the Veterans Recovery Center Council (VRCC) for additional support.

Danny’s Grandmother/Mother moved to Murfreesboro to be near and support Danny in his recovery. Even though Danny was improving each day, the judicial system was still hanging over his head. New Year’s Day was no reason to celebrate for Danny and his Grandmother/Mother. A hearing was schedule in Fentress County on January 5, 2015.

The family and the Veterans Recovery Center Council President Charlie Trawick were very concerned that Danny might not return to Murfreesboro and could spend a lengthy time in jail. Charlie stayed with the family to provide support and hope.

Friday, January 3, 2015, Charlie sent an email to Vet to Vet Tennessee asking if they knew anyone in Fentress County. The answer was yes! Judge E. Shayne Sexton and David Oppenheim of the Eighth Judicial District support Veterans Treatment Court Hub concept of Knoxville.

Sunday evening, January 4, 2015, David and Charlie agreed to meet at the Courthouse on Monday. Not much sleep Sunday night and much anxiety during the 2 hour drive to Fentress County.

Monday, January 5, 2015, thanks to the Veterans Treatment Court movement, the Eighth Judicial District team considered, recognized and agreed that the Justice Involved Veteran’s quality of life would continue to improve if Danny was returned to the recovery program in Murfreesboro. Danny was released to Charlie.

Charlie’s response: “I think it showed in Danny’s eyes today that there are people who care, and how elated and thankful his Grandmother/Mother were. “That’s what it’s all about brother.” This young man should be honored as a Hero, in all that he’s been through. I gave him a charge today to stand up, do what’s right, be proud of his Service to Country and also thankful to be here all at the same time.  His response was; I Am Sir and I Will Make You Proud. Thank You Sir.”

David Oppenheim’s response: “Had wonderful results with our justice involved veteran from Rutherford County. Charlie Trawick, from Middle Tennessee Vet to Vet and a VTC Mentor was awesome. This is definitely a homerun for our vet. Also, I spoke with Shayne Sexton today (he was on the bench) he was very pleased that we have coverage in Fentress County.”

Charlie’s response upon his return to Murfreesboro with Danny and his Grandmother/Mother: “Thanks David, however it took the bunch of us coming together for the cause. Vet’s Helping Vet’s, Brother to Brother, and “Each one, Reach one, Teach one.” It’s like we spoke earlier today in how it makes OUR hearts feel when such great accomplishments happen in making a difference in one’s life.”

Love to hear your comments about these amazing VTC team members and of course our hero, Danny.

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