DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A special graduation ceremony happened Wednesday at the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. Eight veterans graduated from the Veterans Treatment Court, a program that helps local veterans who have entered the criminal justice system get back on track.
Judge Dennis Adkins started the program in 2013.
“They were serving their country on multiple deployments, and they were coming back different.” Adkins said. “Of anyone that needs our help, it’s the ones who were willing to lay down their lives for us as Americans.”
The program gives veterans a second chance. It sets goals, assesses needs and helps them become productive members of society.
“I can’t be prouder,” Adkins said. “These guys have fought to save their lives, to save their families, and we have a motto that we leave no veteran behind.”