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Galveston County
Veterans Treatment Court
MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Galveston County Veterans Treatment Court is to assist Veterans and their families to become integral and productive members of the community through a collaborative effort, and to honor them and restore their dignity for their selfless service to our country; we shall leave no veteran behind.
 
VTC Presiding Judge
The Honorable Mark A. Henry
(USAFR RET 1989 – 2010)

(409) 766-2244
Veterans Court Coordinator
Matthew Parrish 
(ARMY 2002– 2005)
(409) 765-2679
Veterans Service Officer
Jeff Gottlob
(USMC RET 1980 – 2001)
(409) 766-2448
Veteran Volunteer Coordinator
Heather Melton
(USCG 2006-2009)
(409) 944-4437
VTC Defense Attorney
 Jared A. Robinson
(ARNG +20 years)

1100 Rosenberg Ave. Galveston, TX 77550
Office: (409) 200-2412
Fax: (409) 200-2413

Assistant District Attorney
Robert Buss
(ARMY 2000– 2006)
(409) 766-2355
(Note: ADA cannot speak with Defendants)
     
If you believe you are a qualifying veteran and would like to apply to the VTC program, please contact any of the above VTC Staff.
 
 
ELIGIBILITY
To qualify for the VTC a defendant MUST:
ü Be charge with a criminal offense: either felony or misdemeanor in      Galveston County

ü Be a US military Veteran, on Active Duty, or serve in the Reserves, National Guard, or State Guard

ü Be Active Duty or currently discharged as: Honorable; or General Under Honorable Conditions

ü  Be a resident of Galveston  County

ü The Veteran must be suffering from a brain injury, mental illness or mental disorder, which  can include Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or was a victim of Military Sexual Trauma that:

A) Occurred during or resulted from the Veterans military service, and

B) Affected the defendants criminal conduct at issue in the case, or

C)  Considering the circumstances of the defendants conduct, personal and social background, and criminal history, is likely to achieve the objective of ensuring public safety through rehabilitation of the Veteran in a manner provided by Section 1.02(1), Penal Code.   

 

  

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

 The VTC program is voluntary and normally (12) months in duration.  There are two tracks offered in the VTC program:

Track 1 – Pretrial Diversion and Track 2 – Deferred Adjudication or regular Probation. 

There is a standard $1000 VTC Program Fee, which takes the place of all fines and costs.

Compliance with probation conditions as well as treatment is mandatory.  The District Attorney has final approval for eligibility as well as Track 1 and/or Track 2 offers.  All cases will be reviewed for acceptance on a case-by-case basis.

 
Galveston County Veterans Treatment Court does not discriminate based on color, ethnicity, religion, sex, disability, or age, in the delivery of services.