Veterans Court Graduation

The Buncombe County Veterans Treatment Court held a graduation on October 26, 2018. Gill P. Beck, an Assistant United States Attorney here in Asheville, and a Major General in the United States Army Reserve was the graduation speaker. Local television station WLOS featured the graduate in this story. Mr. Beck is a member of the 28th Judicial District Bar’s Executive Committee, and chairs the Wellness Committee for the Bar.

Veterans Treatment Court is a voluntary, court supervised, intensive treatment court for U.S. Military Veterans charged with misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor or felony offenses who are struggling with addiction, mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders.  The Court consists of five phases totaling a minimum of 16 months.  The length of Veterans Treatment Court can be extended, if necessary.

Substance use treatment (and mental health disorders) is an integral part of the VTC.  Drug and alcohol treatment includes intensive outpatient treatment, weekly community-based recovery groups and regular drug screening.  The Veterans Treatment Court Coordinator and a Military Veteran Mentor will assist  participants with navigating through the different phases. The Coordinator can also assist participants with referrals to other agencies for vocational training, education support or employment.