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November 24, 2014

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Specialty court seeks mentors for troubled veterans

A Henderson court is seeking veterans to help mentor peers who have run into trouble with the law.

Veterans Treatment Court, an alternative sentencing program for military veterans charged with misdemeanor crimes, is looking for ways to help the troubled former soldiers readjust to civilian life, Henderson officials announced Wednesday.

“No bond is as strong as the one that exists among those who have fought for their country,” said Chief Judge Mark Stevens, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. “Having a fellow veteran to talk to and get their support and guidance helps our defendants successfully complete the program.”

Since the program was implemented in 2009, 47 participants have enrolled and 14 have graduated. All graduates, the city said, have remained out of the Henderson criminal justice system to date.

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