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Posted on: April 11, 2013

[ARCHIVED] VETERANS GRADUATE FROM HIDALGO COUNTY VETERANS TREATMENT COURT PROGRAM

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On Tuesday, April 10th a ceremony was held at the 430th District Court for a group of veterans who successfully completed the Hidalgo County Veterans Treatment Court Program. The program is collaboration between several county departments and businesses, including the 430th District Court, Community Supervision & Corrections Department, Public Defender’s Office, Veteran Services, Alaniz Counseling and Tropical Texas Behavioral Health. The program assists veterans who are on probation for nonviolent offenses by placing them in the court-supervised program where they receive counseling and rehabilitation services.

The Hon. Israel Ramon, Jr. welcomed the veterans and their families, congratulating the graduates on a job well done. Feliz Rodriguez, with the Veteran Services Office, led the presentation of the colors by the U.S. Army Color Guard VFW Post 2369 James Nikki Rowe and Court Bailiff Fidel Perez, III gave the pledge of allegiance. Everyone took a moment of silence as Father Richard from Sacred Heart Catholic Church gave the invocation, blessing the graduates on their new accomplishment. The guest speaker for the event was LTC. Jaime E. Tijerina of the U.S. Army. LTC. Tijerina is also an attorney at law and expressed his concern for the trouble veteran’s face when they return from combat. He understands the mental and physical demands that deployment can have on a veteran who is trying to adjust to civilian life. Hon. Ramon, Jr. welcomed each graduating veteran to the front of the court where LTC. Tijerina gave them a certificate and commemorative coin. The graduating veterans, included United States Marines Juan Lopez and Eugenio Reyna, as well as United States Navy officer Oscar Martinez.

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