Rotary of Lompoc was honored to have Cary Gray, Co-Founder and Emeritus of Leadership Santa Maria Valley, speak at their meeting on Friday 10 April.
Cary, a retired Air Force Colonel, was speaking on the Veteran’s Treatment Court in Santa Maria. Cary, a Veteran Treatment Court Mentoring Coordinator, was instrumental in helping establish the Veteran’s Treatment Court. (VTC)
Cary was asked to consider applying for the position of VTC Mentoring Coordinator in 2012 and attended a National Drug Treatment Conference in Irving and a Veteran Treatment Court Boot Camp in Washington DC to learn how to recruit and coach a local VTC Mentoring Team made up of other veterans who wanted to be mentors for their fellow veterans who were in the court system
The first Veteran Treatment Court was established in 2008, in the City of Buffalo. The Courts were founded with the goal of serving justice involved veterans struggling with addiction, serious mental illness and or co-occurring disorders. The program is 12-18 months long and gives honorably discharged veterans an opportunity to have non-violent criminal charges reduced or dismissed after completing the program.
The Santa Maria Court was established in November of 2011. On Friday, April 10, the Veterans Treatment Court graduated 17 veterans, its largest class to date. Since it’s inception 60 local veterans have graduated from the program. The Ceremony took place at Santa Maria City Hall in the Council Chambers.
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