The Veterans Treatment Court NEEDS volunteer veteran mentors to assist our veteran brothers that are involved with complication in the Vanderburgh County Court system.
To successfully rehabilitate veterans in the court system using evidence based
treatment to positively change behavior to lead productive, law abiding civilian lives.
Veteran mentors provide a support relationship with Court selected veterans in order to provide a trusted friend who has “been there”. The mentors are an adjunct to the support system provided by Court Case managers, the VA Mental Health Department and other agencies.
Mentors are assigned to maintain contact weekly to help his/her assigned veteran mentee through the sometime difficult pressures of their rehabilitation. Mentors are not expected to be a counselor, financial supporter, or chauffeur of mentees. Mentors are expected to be available to mentees as a friend.
If you are interested in helping you brother veterans on the path too a better life, or simply wish more information
Barry Duncan, Court Veteran Mentor Coordinator
Please know that a request for more information is not a commitment to serve.
The November 12th Point Man of Newburgh board meeting included an update on our support of the Vanderburgh County Veterans Court. Barry Duncan, our Point Man Veteran Court Mentor Coordinator, reported that we desperately need Mentors. We have 7 Point Man Court Mentors and 10 veterans, who are in the program. Several of our mentors have doubled-up on their caseloads.
This is an extremely effective program. It gives veterans an opportunity to help other veterans, who are struggling. The national record for these Veteran Courts shows more than 90% of the participating veterans never end up in court again. The program does not require that Mentors have any special counseling skills. It basically requires that you attend a weekly veterans’ court session as a show of support, lend an ear to someone who may only open up to a veteran, and encourage them to use the court provided help.
Mentor qualifications are basic. A background check, your DD214 indicating combat, observation of at least two veteran court sessions, and completion of initial training will get you started as a Veteran Court Mentor. Please email us at email@example.com with “Veterans Court” as the subject if you have questions or interest in this veteran support activity.