V.E.T.S. Court helps Bozeman veterans facing charges get back on track

Posted at 3:26 PM, Nov 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-13 18:40:55-05

BOZEMAN – A new court in Bozeman hopes to help veterans in the criminal justice system find resources in the community, in hopes of getting them back on track.

The Veteran Eligible Treatment Services (V.E.T.S.) Court already has 9 participants and continues to grow. Veterans who face criminal charges have the option to go through V.E.T.S. court and face former National Guard Officer, Judge Colleen Herrington.

Herrington will listen to their case and then pick a program through the court that is best to get the vet back on track.

The program uses a veteran mentor, called a “battle buddy”, to help the veteran through a five-phase system. Mentor Coordinator Kate Reid said she is grateful to be a part of a program specifically designed to help those who have served our country.

“Unfortunately, going to war and being involved in war takes a huge toll on a human’s soul, and I think this program is part of what puts back humanity into people and into our veterans because sometimes you lose your humanity,” said Reid.

Reid says the program is in need of volunteers. She advises anyone who is interested to contact her cell at 406-581-3253.

Reporting by Mederios Babb for MTN News