Quincey Boyd graduated from Baltimore City Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) after working with Easterseals Homeless Veterans Reintegration Programs (HVRP) to secure meaningful employment. Samuel Adams and Jamaal Ferguson from our HVRP team were honored to attend the Graduation Ceremony celebrating VTC's Fourth Anniversary and Veterans Day on November 12, 2019.
Veterans Treatment Court is devoted specifically to dealing with veterans who are in legal trouble that stems from service-connected disabilities. These courts have judges and administrators who are specially trained to understand the specific issues that surround returning veterans. A standard judge may not fully understand that substance abuse is a secondary symptom of PTSD, and send a veteran to prison for a drug offense. This would likely result in making a veteran’s symptoms worse, and increase his or her odds of reoffending. In Veterans Treatment court, a judge will not excuse the behavior of the veteran, but will be better equipped to help the veteran receive treatment for their problems. Often, a judge can see an arrest for substance abuse as an opportunity to get a veteran the help he or she deserves.