The Roanoke Times covered U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's recent visit to Virginia's Roanoke Federal Veterans Treatment Court.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder praises Veterans Court in Roanoke
By: Jeff Sturgeon
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wasn’t speaking theoretically, or merely from the esteemed Cabinet position he occupies, when on Thursday he praised a Roanoke federal court program for veterans who struggle to rejoin civil society and get in trouble with the law.
Holder had a cousin who, after serving in the U.S. armed forces during the Vietnam War, returned home a different and troubled man. Holder said his cousin needed the kind of support that Veterans Treatment Courts provide, but never got it. He died in his early 60s.
“Our country did not do right by him,” Holder said. “He could still be here. He could still be a productive citizen.”
His point, a strong endorsement of Veterans Treatment Courts, resonated with a roomful of judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers, probation officers, court personnel and staffers from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salem who as a team operate the local diversion court. Holder spent most of the morning with justice system and program personnel and several veterans in a courtroom at the Poff Federal Building before flying out of Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport to an engagement in Charlottesville... Click here
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