Lee Erwin reporting
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court held its first graduation ceremony Tuesday, August 27 at the Montgomery County Courts Complex. The courtroom of General Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge Ken Goble Jr. was filled with military officials, community leaders and supporters of the program.
Matthew Walker, Floyd Mitchell, Brian Joyce and Branden Lee all took turns reading the essays they had written with their individual stories about their lives and how their lives changed with Veterans Treatment Court. Some of the veterans talked about, substance abuse, family problems and homelessness that they have worked to put behind them.
Veterans Treatment Court is geared toward veterans and active duty personnel who have found themselves involved in the criminal justice system. “Basically the folks we are addressing have spiraled out of control for whatever reason and our job is to get them back on track and make sure they once again become productive citizens,” Goble said.
Veterans Treatment Court began last summer in Montgomery County and is one of only two such programs in Tennessee with the other located in Memphis. Also attending the graduation were State Representatives Joe Pitts and Curtis Johnson. Pitts presented each graduate with a certificate from the Tennessee State Legislature for their efforts.