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Kane County Veterans Treatment Court to hold inaugural graduation ceremony

Event scheduled for Feb. 24 at Kane County Judicial Center

Kane County Speciality Court Judge Marmarie Kostelny. She will be the Master of Ceremonies for the first graduation ceremony of the Veterans Court on Feb. 24.
Kane County Speciality Court Judge Marmarie Kostelny. She will be the Master of Ceremonies for the first graduation ceremony of the Veterans Court on Feb. 24.

ST. CHARLES —The Kane County Veterans Treatment Court will hold its first graduation ceremony on Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. at the Kane County Judicial Center Court Room 123, 37W777 Rte. 38, St. Charles. The graduation is open to the public.

According to a news release, the Kane County Veterans Treatment Court began in January 2018 and this ceremony will be for the first graduate of the program. The ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive substance abuse and mental health treatment and accountability for a combat veteran who served in the Army, Navy and Marine Corps.

Master of Ceremonies for the graduation will be Kane County Specialty Court Judge Marmarie Kostelny. The graduation will include a color guard, and words by the graduate and his treatment team.

Veterans’ Treatment Courts have gained national prominence as the most innovative solution for veterans caught up in the criminal justice system due to substance use and/or mental health disorders and trauma, the release stated.

In the Kane County Veterans Treatment Court, those veterans with a diagnosed mental health condition or substance use disorder engage in treatment while under close supervision.

The release stated that Veterans Treatment Court participants are required to complete all necessary treatment and are regularly and randomly tested for drug and alcohol use. The veterans are also required to appear frequently in court for the judge to review their progress.

Research continues to show that Veterans Treatment Courts work better than jail or prison and better than treatment alone. Veterans Treatment Courts connect these men and women to the benefits and treatment they deserve, saving their lives, families, and futures, while saving tax dollars for the American public, the release stated.

“We are excited to celebrate the success of our first graduate. He has done an outstanding job in a very rigorous program. Our veterans make great sacrifices for the benefit of our nation. I am proud that our judicial system has a program designed to assist veterans who have struggled upon their return home,” stated Judge Marmarie Kostelny in the release.

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