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Posted on: June 15, 2017

430TH VETERANS TREATMENT COURT HOLDS 18TH GRADUATION CEREMONY

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Today, the Veterans Treatment Court held its 18th graduation ceremony at the 430th District Court led by Judge Israel Ramon, Jr. Seven veterans graduated, officially completing their months' long program. This graduation of the seven veterans is especially meaningful as it falls on Flag Day and each one served their country in defense of our flag and all that it stands for.


Hidalgo County was one of the first counties in the country to establish a Veterans Treatment Court Program. The treatment court was established in August of 2011, in recognition that veterans sometimes have underlining issues and that, in some cases, justice is better served by treatment and counseling, rather than incarceration. Since its inception, the program has helped 90 veterans or their family members get on the right path.


County Judge Ramon Garcia was the featured speaker. He commended Judge Ramon for recognizing that, for our country’s veterans, there may be extenuating circumstances that led to their incarceration.


"For many veterans, the transition to civilian life is a difficult one and research has shown a correlation between substance abuse and combat-related trauma," said Garcia. "In those cases – justice is better served by offering treatment for the underlying issues faced by our veterans, rather than punishment."


The Veterans Treatment Court Program is a collaborative therapeutic court that partners with several county departments and businesses, including the Hidalgo County Community Supervision & Corrections Department, the Public Defender’s Office, Hidalgo County Veteran Services, the District Attorney’s Office, the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, Alaniz Counseling, and Tropical Texas Behavioral Health. 

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