Vet to Vet Tennessee’s (VTVT) program continues mission! A record number of justice involved veterans graduated from the Monroe County Veterans Court on Wednesday October 13, 2021. SEVEN!
Seven United States service Veterans were honored in a special graduation ceremony in the Monroe County Veterans Court of Judge Dwaine B. Thomas, accepting recognition and warm praise from the court, the local VTVT program, the county mayor’s office and sheriff’s department, plus numerous close friends and family members.
“This is our largest graduation yet” Thomas said, “a program organized by military veterans I work with, not running it, but glad to be apart of it.” Thomas explained as he had done in previous graduations the program’s goal was providing a safe haven to any veteran within the area of service. VTVT and their partner McNabb Military Service Center provides veterans a sense of worth, allowing each Vet to support and promote his or her own recovery.
In short, being patients and supporters and through shared experience, peer to peer support and clinical therapy, Veterans can gain strength, courage, and ownership in advocating such actions. The program’s mission addresses Vets recovering from mental health and/or substance abuse and offers strategies and coping skills for living a healthy lifestyle.
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