Five veterans successfully finished the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) program and were awarded certificates of completion on Thursday, December 20.
VTC Judge John J. Russo personally congratulated each graduate and presented them with a commemorative challenge coin and certificate. Judge Russo said he was proud of the hard work they had put into the program.
The ceremony coincided with a holiday party for the VTC participants and their families.
Approved by the Bench in 2015, the mission of the VTC is to rehabilitate veterans by diverting them from the traditional criminal justice system. The program involves a treatment team comprised of the Court, the Veterans Administration, community treatment providers, the Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission, the Prosecutor’s Office, and the Public Defender.