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Metro Court Invites ALL Veterans to its June 28th Resource Day




The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court is welcoming all servicemen and women to its Veterans’ Resource Day on Thursday, June 28, 2018. This is the first time the court has opened the event to veterans outside of its Community Veterans Court (C.V.C.) Program. “Our Resource Days have been so successful and have offered veterans in our program the opportunity to connect with dozens of service providers under one roof. We thought, why not open this great event up to other service members in our community who can benefit from the same information and resources in a one-stop shop?” said C.V.C. Program Judge Sandra Engel. Thirty-one service providers have confirmed attendance so far for the June 28th Resource Day, including: Albuquerque Vet Center, New Mexico Workforce Connections, CNM, and Service Dogs of New Mexico, to name a few.  Deputy Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services, Alan Martinez, is scheduled to attend along with Bernalillo County Manager, Julie Baca.  Those interested in coming out the event are reminded that cell phones, weapons, contraband and outside food or drink are not allowed inside of the courthouse. There will be a place for homeless veterans to safely store their belongings while attending Resource Day. Resource Day will kick off for C.V.C. participants at 1:00 p.m. in the court’s 3rd floor rotunda with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by remarks from Judge Engel and Deputy Secretary Martinez. The event will open to veterans outside of the program from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. 

Background on Community Veterans Court (C.V.C.): 
Metro Court’s Community Veterans Court was established in May of 2016. The program’s goal is 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. works to address the root cause of what brought a veteran into the criminal justice system. The program provides support, resources and guidance.  Participation in the program is voluntary, and successful completion usually takes between six to 12 months, based on individual needs. There are two program tracks; a diversionary track for participants who are considered low-risk and a post-plea track for those with greater needs. The program is open to those who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, the corresponding reserve branches or the National Guard.  The C.V.C. Team is made up of the Program Judge, specialized Probation Officers, a Court Clinician, an Assistant District Attorney, a Public Defender and a Veteran’s Justice Outreach Coordinator, who serves as the court liaison with the VA.  In addition to support from the C.V.C Team, each program participant is assigned a volunteer mentor – a fellow service member who can relate to the challenges a veteran faces during or after service and who is there to lend an ear. This component adds to the comradery felt between participants in the program. 

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