WASHINGTON, July 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Justice For Vets will host the 2015 Vet Court Con at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, July 27-30th. The event will kick off with keynote remarks from United States Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald. Thousands of judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation officers, volunteer Veteran Mentors, volunteer Veteran Mentor Coordinators, law enforcement officers, mental health and drug addiction treatment professionals, VA employees, and many others working in Veterans Treatment Court or with justice-involved veterans will attend this historic gathering.
"Justice For Vets enables the creation of a nationwide network of Veterans Treatment Courts that is transforming the way veterans are handled in the criminal justice system. In doing so we will keep veterans out of jail and prison; saving their lives, their families, and their futures, while saving tax dollars for the American public," said Justice For Vets Senior Director Melissa Fitzgerald. "We are expecting an unprecedented number of attendees at our 3rd annual Vet Court Con as the growth and reach of Veterans Treatment Courts continue to expand exponentially throughout the nation."
July 27 – Opening Ceremony, 8:00am - 10:00am
July 29 – Capital Hill Day
Veterans Treatment Court professionals and graduates will head to Capitol Hill to let members of Congress know about the lifesaving work in Veterans Treatment Courts and to urge lawmakers to support Veterans Treatment Court funding.
July 30 – Justice For Vets Closing Ceremony, 10:30am – 12:30pm
About Veterans Treatment Courts
About Justice For Vets
Justice For Vets is a division of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and leads the national effort to establish Veterans Treatment Courts within reach of every veteran in need. When veterans enter the criminal justice system due to substance abuse, mental illness, or trauma, we connect them to the benefits and treatment they have earned; saving their lives, families, and futures, and saving tax dollars for the American public. Justice For Vets is building a National Mentor Corps of volunteer veterans to serve in Veterans Treatment Court, provides ongoing training and technical assistance to the Veterans Treatment Court field, shapes public opinion through aggressive media outreach, and advocates for state and federal legislation. Justice For Vets annually hosts Vet Court Con, the nation's only training conference dedicated to justice-involved veterans. For more information visit www.JusticeForVets.org.
Chris Deutsch Justice For Vets 202-222-8105