7th graduation held for Guam Veterans Treatment Court

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The Judiciary of Guam announced that two justice-involved veterans completed the requirements of the Veterans Treatment Court Program.

The pair were honored Thursday at the program’s seventh graduation ceremony at the Guam Judicial Center.

“This is an important day for these men who served our country,” said Superior Court Judge Maria Cenzon.

“They completed this intensive program designed to connect veterans suffering from substance use and/or mental health disorders with the benefits and treatment they have earned as members of the U.S. Armed Forces.”

“We will continue to work to provide more service and treatment options for our military veterans,” said Judge Cenzon.

Since its launch on Sept. 10, 2015, 37 individuals have graduated from the Guam Veterans Treatment Court. There are currently 23 justice-involved veterans participating in the program.

The Guam Veterans Treatment Court combines rigorous treatment and accountability for justice-involved veterans facing incarceration due to charges stemming from substance abuse and/or mental health issues.

This specialty court promotes sobriety, recovery, and stability through a coordinated response and the understanding that the bonds of military service and combat run deep.

In related news, the Judiciary of Guam hired a Veteran Mentor Coordinator in December 2019 to begin the Veteran Mentor recruitment process which will further enhance services to participants.

Interested veterans who wish to become a Veteran Mentor can contact Anthony Nangauta at the Guam VetCenter at 472-7161.

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