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Metro Court Opens June Veterans’ Resource Day to all Service Members

06/29/2018

When word got out that Metro Court’s Community Veterans Court (C.V.C.) was opening its June Veterans’ Resource Day to servicemen and women across the county, calls from service providers hoping to attend the event came pouring in!  In fact, a record thirty-six agencies showed up for the first-ever Resource Day that was open to veterans outside of the C.V.C. program. 

 

“The outpouring from people who wanted to help veterans in our community was amazing,” said C.V.C. Program Judge Sandra Engel.  “Sharing the benefits of our Resource Day with fellow service members also created a sense of camaraderie and pride for the veterans in our program who were happy to share all that these agencies have to offer.”  

 

The event kicked off with the pledge of allegiance and remarks from Judge Engel, Deputy Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services, Alan Martinez, and the City of Albuquerque’s Director of Constituent Services, Alan Armijo.  Veterans were then able to visit with the various agencies, which provided information on everything from VA benefits to equine therapy.    

 

Community Veterans Court works to turn a first-time misdemeanor offense into a veteran’s last stop in the criminal justice system.  Through judicial oversight, supervised probation, treatment and counseling, C.V.C. addresses the root cause of what brought a veteran into the system.  The Specialty Court hosts Resource Day twice a year and hopes to open the event to veterans outside of the program again in the future. 

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