Legal services help Veteran families address a range of legal issues including divorce, child support, guardianship, and eviction. Legal services will be provided through partnerships with community legal aid organizations and through volunteer hours from attorney associations. The idea is to enable Veterans, especially those recently returning, to stabilize problematic situations in order to fully transition to civilian life. This model allows Veterans to receive legal services that are integrated with the full spectrum of other support services.
Providing legal services in conjunction with the Center also provides the trusted environment that is critical in addressing what are often emotional issues. Veterans Treatment Court is a pre-trial diversion structure, a hybrid of formal drug court or mental health court models. They allow Veteran defendants to enter into an agreement whereby prosecution of a crime is deferred subject to compliance with a set of coordinated and holistic conditions aimed at treatment and prevention.
Fortunately, one of the nation’s premier Veterans Treatment Courts exists in Buffalo and the Center, along with its Service Provider partners, will work in collaboration with the Court to better serve the needs of Veterans and their families who find themselves in need of this service.