About 13 military veterans and active-duty personnel will graduate from the Fourth Judicial District’s Veteran Trauma Court Thursday.

The intensive monitoring and treatment program has 82 participants, a grant-funded court modeled after problem-solving courts such as drug and mental health courts. It offers eligible offenders an alternative to incarceration through treatment and counseling. More than 100 veterans have appeared on the court’s docket since ht program began in December 2009.

Most participants spend about 18 months in the program, which is open to veterans charged with lower-level felonies who have been diagnosed with a trauma-spectrum disorder related to military service. They must also exhibit a willingness to actively participate in treatment and recovery, and fully cooperate with the court.

The court is the result of a collaborative effort between the justice related agencies in the judicial district, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the Veteran Health Administration, the Colorado Public Defenders Office, El Pomar Foundation, AspenPointe, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the Colorado Department of Human Services.

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