ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - Three vets were honored on Monday during the Hardin County Veterans Treatment Court's first-ever graduation ceremony.
The court, which began in Hardin County in 2013 and operates through Kentucky's drug court program, focuses on preventing veterans from relapsing into criminal behavior and returning them to productive lives.
Veteran Treatment Courts (VTCs) are implemented and guided by teams comprised of judges, drug court staff, veterans' agencies, mental health and substance abuse treatment providers, law enforcement, the legal community, and community members, according to the program's website. Team members identify veterans' needs and connect them with services.
The VTC program usually lasts between 18 months and two years, depending on the level of services needed and the progress made by the vet.
Comissioner Heather French Henry of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs was the guest speaker at Monday's graduation.