Veterans Endeavor for Treatment and Support
Federal Veterans Treatment Court - Fort Hood Military Reservation
Waco Division, Western District of Texas
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About the VETS Court: The Fort Hood Federal Veterans Treatment Court, "Veterans Endeavor for Treatment and Support" or "VETS", was established in
January 2016. It works to divert veterans with service-connected mental health or substance abuse disorders out of the court system and into enduring
treatment solutions with the Department of Veterans Affairs. This initiative is supervised by United States District Court Judge Walter S. Smith, Jr. and
run by United States Magistrate Judge Jeffrey C. Manske with the support of United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr. for the Western District of Texas.
This program provides a defendant-veteran with a diagnosed mental health or substance abuse disorder the opportunity to avoid a federal conviction for
that offense if he or she completes a 12-18 month intensive treatment and supervision program with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Court.
VETS requires enrollees to engage in intensive multi-stage professional counseling and treatment for issues involving substance abuse, mental health,
disability, finances, and other difficulties, including those related to their military service. They must also abide by strict rules of conduct, follow
rigorous treatment plans, and attend mandatory scheduled hearings before Judge Manske.
VETS is a joint partnership carried out by the United States District Court, United States Attorney's Office, and Pretrial Services Office for the Western
District of Texas, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and U.S. Army III Corps and Fort Hood.
Eligibility: To be eligible to participate in the program, participants must be:
- A Veteran of Active Duty (to include deployed reservists or deployed National Guard members) of the United States Army, Navy,
Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard;
- Charged in the Western District of Texas in a charging instrument with only federal Class A or Class B misdemeanors;
- Have engaged in non-predatory criminal conduct;
- With such criminal conduct having a diagnosed service-connected mental health or substance abuse as a contributing causal factor;
- Have no substantial criminal history;
- Eligible for mental health and substance abuse treatment administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs; and
- Approved for enrollment by the VETS Team.
Diagnosis of a service-connected mental health or substance abuse disorder is not a prerequisite to consideration for the program, but at least a preliminary
diagnosis of such a disorder is a prerequisite for enrollment. Veterans who are not currently enrolled in treatment administered by the VA will have priority
for participation in this program over Veterans who are currently enrolled.
Additional Information: For more information regarding the Fort Hood VETS Court to include scheduling visits or how you can support this endeavor,
please email the supervising Special Assistant US Attorney, Captain Patrick Robinson, at email@example.com.