New initiatives give Cleveland-area vets the support and respect they deserve

Two recent local initiatives focused on housing, health and justice for wounded warriors is applauded in the editorial.
Editorial (Ohio)

Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
June 6, 2015
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Tags: Benefits of Legal Aid, Benefits of Legal Aid: Economic, Veterans


It is exactly the kind of community program that Common Pleas Judge Michael Jackson, who will preside over the Veterans Treatment Court, may tap. The vet-centric court will initially take on a docket limited to 60 men and women veterans convicted of felonies who are on — or eligible for — probation, said Jackson, a Vietnam Marine vet.

Veterans must volunteer for the program and sign a participant agreement. Each will be assigned a mentor who is also a veteran. They will meet every two weeks beginning June 25.

The court will focus on treating substance abuse and mental health issues as well as job training and housing. Each session will include a Legal Aid attorney and VA representatives.