Unique Rehabilitation Court Program Gives Veterans In Legal Trouble A Second Chance
The Lake Havasu City Veterans Treatment Court celebrated its largest class of graduates on Friday. The program provides an alternative to jail for any veterans that find themselves in legal trouble. Instead of suffering through traditional legal punishments, the Veterans Treatment Court allows veterans to complete intensive outpatient rehabilitation programs that include counseling, drug testing, and other vocational classes. Some programs even include kayak fishing as a form of therapy.
The program started in November 2013 with just one participant. On Friday, a group of 14 veterans successfully completed the program. Another 60 local veterans are also currently seeking help through the organization.
One graduate, Michael Thor, commented on the impact the program has had on his life.
“This program, I didn’t think it was gonna work.” he said. “I’ll be honest with you. But I thought maybe if I give it a whirl I could do it. A lot of people helped me here – everybody,”
The program is supported in part by Lake Havasu City Properties who provided a donation of $1,400 to pay for urine analyses for participants.