November 9, 2017, Representative Charlie Crist (FL) and Representative
Jeff Denham (CA) introduced H.R. 4345, the Veteran Treatment Court
Coordination Act of 2017. The bill would create coordination between
the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Attorney General to provide
grants and technical assistance to the State circuit court systems that
have adopted Veterans Treatment Court Programs or have filed a notice of
intent to establish a Veterans Treatment Court Program with the
There are currently over 200 Veterans Treatment
Courts in the United States. These courts seek to treat veterans
suffering from a substance abuse and/or mental health disorder, while
helping ensure public safety. They combine rigorous treatment and
personal accountability, with the goal of breaking the cycle of drug use
and criminal behavior. Veterans Treatment Courts require regular court
appearances, as well as mandatory attendance at treatment sessions, and
frequent and random testing for drug and alcohol use. Veterans respond
favorably to this structured environment, given their past experiences
in the Armed Forces.
Veterans Treatment Courts keep veterans out
of jail and prison and connect them with the benefits and treatment
they have earned, all while saving tax dollars for our country.
Nationwide, these courts have produced a statistically significant
reduction of recidivism rates in veterans.
H.R. 4345 would
create a single office in the Department of Justice to coordinate the
provision of grants, training, and technical assistance to help State,
local, and Tribal governments develop and maintain Veterans Treatment
In accordance with DAV Resolution No. 105, calling for
the continued growth of Veterans Treatment Courts for justice-involved
veterans, DAV supports this bill. Please use the prepared electronic
letter or draft your own to urge your Representative to cosponsor H.R.
We appreciate your support for DAV and your grassroots
efforts through DAV CAN. Your advocacy makes DAV a highly influential
and effective organization in Washington, DC. Your voice makes a
difference and we would not be as effective without you.
Thank you for standing with us and participating in the DAV Commander's Action Network.