Statement on the Tragedy in Montgomery County, PA
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrible tragedy, and with the families now coping with unimaginable loss. We are also grateful for all of the law enforcement, paramedics, and emergency staff involved in the search for Bradley Stone. As has been reported by several media outlets, Mr. Stone was a participant in the Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court. The situation is still unfolding; therefore at this time we will refrain from commenting specifically on his case.
The Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court is one of 220 Veterans Treatment Courts in the United States, including 17 in Pennsylvania. Veterans Treatment Courts intercept veterans suffering from substance abuse, mental health conditions and/or trauma. Veterans who are eligible for Veterans Treatment Courts are clinically assessed, connected with the appropriate treatment, supervised closely, and appear regularly in court for a judge to review their progress.
Veterans Treatment Court consists of an interdisciplinary team made up of a judge, prosecutor, defense counsel, probation officer, law enforcement, volunteer veteran mentors and treatment providers including representatives of the VA – Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and the Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA). The Veterans Treatment Court team coordinates an individualized response that promotes sobriety, recovery and stability for veterans in the program.
In the six years since the first Veterans Treatment Court was launched, thousands of veterans have successfully completed the program. There are currently 11,000 veterans participating in Veterans Treatment Court nationwide.