VETERANS TREATMENT COURT
Kankakee County operates a special treatment court that offers second chances to veterans and active-duty military members who have addiction or mental-health issues.
The Veterans Treatment Court model requires regular court appearances (a bi-weekly minimum in the early phases of the program), as well as mandatory attendance at treatment sessions and frequent and random testing for substance use (drug and/or alcohol). Veterans respond favorably to this structured environment given their past experiences in the Armed Forces. However, a few will struggle and it is exactly those veterans who need a Veterans Treatment Court program the most. Without this structure, these veterans may remain in the criminal justice system. The Veterans Treatment Court is able to ensure they meet their obligations to themselves, the court, and their community.
For more information on the Veterans Treatment Court model, please visit Justice for Vets or watch the below video:
Other Resources for Local Veterans
VETERANS ASSISTANCE COMMISSION OF KANKAKEE COUNTY
US DEPT. OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
IL DEPT. OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
US Department of Veteran Affairs Crisis Hotline
Planning for Life after Discharge
Best Jobs for Returning Servicemembers