Court Con Makes News Around the World

Last week, millions around the globe were exposed to Veterans Treatment Courts for the first time as Justice For Vets’ Vet Court Con garnered unprecedented local, national, and international media coverage.

From live coverage on CSPAN to in-depth stories from ABCCBSCNNThe Washington PostAssociated PressStars and Stripes, and the BBC, each story highlighted the life-saving work of Veterans Treatment Courts and need to expand these vital programs throughout the nation. Click here for a look at the incredible media coverage for Vet Court Con.

Justice For Vets’ inaugural Vet Court Con concluded on December 5, 2013 marking the closing of the nation’s first conference exclusively dedicated to Veterans Treatment Courts. Nearly 1,000 attendees were on hand for the historic event which featured 104 training sessions spanning over 200 hours of education. Highlights included United States Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary General Eric Shinseki andChairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, each delivering powerful keynotes demonstrating their support for Veterans Treatment Courts; General Barry McCaffrey (ret.), Major General Butch Tate, Colonel David Sutherland (ret.) and General Counsel Will Gunn; and the swearing-in of 89 volunteer veteran mentors who completed a two-day mentor boot camp to become the first graduating class of theJustice For Vets Mentor Corps!

We are grateful to the TN Administrative Office of the Courts and the Knox County Drug Court for funding three (3) of our Veterans Treatment Court Committee members to attend the inaugural Veterans Treatment Court Conference.  Our three (3) members, Dean Powell, Frank Vollmer and Ed Junod graduated the boot camp!  Congratulations Dean, Frank and Ed.  You are now members of an elite Corps; the Justice For Vets National Mentor Corps. Anyone remember boot camp?

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