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Serving those who served for us
April 9, 2021

The true measure of a hero

When Ron, a former Green Beret, found himself in court on a misdemeanor assault charge, he was hopeless and scared. That was until his case for the Veterans Treatment Court (VTC)—a program that gives area veterans the help they need to get back on their feet and become self-sufficient, rather than serve jail time, and avoid criminal records that can limit future housing and job options.

Like many men and women who have served active duty in the military, Ron had hard time navigating the transition back to civilian life. He had PTSD, a brain injury, and anxiety and trust issues.

The VTC matches participants with mentors who are also veterans, and can provide support and guidance for health, employment, legal, financial, counseling, and other services. When veteran participants reach program milestones, they get “dog tags” recognizing their resilience, honor, courage and dedication during the course of the program. Graduates are awarded a stately “leave no veteran behind” keepsake challenge coin that represents their journey.

The thought of returning to the courthouse in order to participate in the program made Ron wary. Over time, however, he developed rapport with the Judge, his mentor, the attorneys and his service providers. “I began to see that everyone was for me, not against me.”

Today, Ron has successfully completed the program, and is now enrolled in school where he’s studying how to help others who suffer from emotional pain. He’s a man who has faced adversity, demonstrated perseverance and has come full circle. He is truly a hero.

You can help support heroes like Ron--and those who are struggling with their battles--by making a donation.

The Veterans Treatment Court is a collaboration of Judge Halee Weinstein and Judge Thomas V. Miller III, and the District Court of Maryland, the Homeless Persons Representation Project, the State’s Attorney’s Office, the Office of the Public Defender, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, United Way of Central Maryland, and many other service providers. This project is supported by a grant from the Maryland Judiciary’s Office of Problem-Solving Courts.


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