A new program, aimed at helping Veterans get back on the right track, had its first graduate Wednesday Evening at the Bannock County Court House.
Bob Jones, a Naval Veteran and current Bannock County Misdemeanor Probation Officer introduced the situation of the first program graduate found himself in. “The young man who graduated tonight is a ten year navy veteran. He did have a few problems that landed in Veterans' Court,” Jones said.
The graduate, who cannot be identified, was the subject of much support and congratulations. This individual spoke to the court about how the Veterans' court program provided the opportunity to overcome chemical dependency and legal troubles. The success of this individual made a large impression on the assigned parole officer
“He accepted all the treatment all the supervision he actually took all the tools that we put in his tool box and he put them to good use and he’s been very successful so he’s gonna have a great life,” Jones added.
Bannock county magistrate Rick Carnaroli explained that today’s graduation was one of the top ten days of his life and he sees great success in the Veterans' court program.
Carnaroli explained that, “Veterans' Court program works because Veterans seem to work together. They have each other’s back they help each other through the treatment. They call each other on things. If somebody’s going to be late or missing a drug test they’ll phone each other, they keep each other going.”