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FROM THE COMMANDER

  Four years ago, the judicial system in Kent County enacted a Veterans’ Court system, housed in the City of Wyoming in 62A District Court, with the Honorable Pablo Cortes presiding. This court represents all the District Courts in Kent County. Anthony “Tony” Torres was hired to the position of Program Director, along with probation officers, to oversee the program. A few months ago, I followed in the footsteps of Service Officer Craig Deminck in attending the court proceedings of Veterans’ Court, held at 10:30 a.m. each first and last Friday of the month. The Court motto is “nec veterani reliquit tergum” or “no veteran left behind.” The following is taken from the Veterans’ Court website: The people of the state of Michigan recognize that military service sometimes traumatizes a service member. Criminal behavior may arise out of that trauma. The people, through their legislature, enacted Veterans’ Treatment Court laws to create a diversionary path through the Michigan criminal justice system. The laws divert an eligible veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States away from the more punitive consequences imposed in the traditional justice system into a program designed to treat the veteran’s underlying condition– a condition that manifested itself in crime. A status review was held on Friday, the 11th of January, and was an “all hands on deck” affair (see pictures, page 5). At the conclusion of the review, two veterans, Keith and Dale, both USMC, graduated from the program successfully, along with charge reductions. I, representing our Post, along with 5th District Commander Keith Wakefield, presented each veteran with wooden USMC logo plaques to both honor their service and recognize this great achievement of “triumph of mind, body, and spirit.” Judge Pablo Cortes presented both veterans with a shadow box, complete with graduation certificates and American flags. As of this date, Post 154 has donated more than $500 to this great cause. This country is such a great collection of miracles, and this program is one of those miraculous successes.

To Honor and Serve,

Bill Charon Post Commander

U.S. Army

1 ST VICE- Jim David

2 nd VICE- Rich Meyers

FINANCE- Keith Wakefield

SGT. AT ARMS- John Gipson

CHAPLAIN- Ron Marsiglia

HISTORIAN- Catherine Buckley

JUDGE ADVOCATE- Keith Wakefield

SERVICE OFFICER- Bill Charon

ADJUTANT- John Pike

GOVERNING BOARD CHAIR- Butch Hogan
    

 

 

 


 

 


 

  

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

 

    

 


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