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Veterans Treatment Court to have second graduation ceremony Oct. 1

Veterans Treatment Court to have second graduation ceremony Oct. 1


The Lancaster County Veterans Treatment Court will hold its second graduation ceremony and celebration Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. at the City Council Chambers.

For graduates, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive, 18- to 24-month program of treatment, close supervision, frequent testing and full accountability.

Presiding Veterans Treatment Court Judge John A. Colborn will host the ceremony for one graduate.

There also will be a remembrance for Heather Springer, a 2002 graduate of Lincoln High School who died in Kansas on May 30. She served in the Nebraska Army National Guard for six years and did two tours of duty in Iraq, receiving a Bronze Star and DUSTOFF National Medic of the Year award in 2007.

State Sen. Suzanne Geist, Maj. Gen. Daryl L. Bohac and Jim Cada, a veterans advocate and Vietnam veteran, are expected to speak at the ceremony.

The mission of the treatment court is to honor the service of veterans involved in the justice system by providing a rehabilitative program that combines intensive judicial supervision and treatment services to address service-related injuries, thereby enhancing public safety by returning law-abiding, productive citizens to the community.

Like other problem-solving courts in Nebraska, the Lancaster Veterans Treatment Court operates under a team approach that includes a judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, as well as a community supervision officer, problem-solving court coordinator, law enforcement officer, veterans judicial outreach, VA treatment providers, mentors and advocates.

The first four participants of the Lincoln treatment court graduated in May.



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Lori Pilger is a Norfolk native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been a public safety reporter for the Journal Star since 2005.

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