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Veterans Treatment Court spreads Christmas cheer in Las Vegas valley

Posted at 6:29 PM, Dec 19, 2019

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A round of applause in a Henderson courtroom marks a milestone for the Veterans Treatment Court.

“This is great. It first started out six years ago with one family, and now we’re up to 25 families,” said Mike Colian with the Nevada Republican Club.

VTC is a court-supervised program aimed at veterans who have been misdemeanor criminal offenders. It’s a mentorship program coupled with intensive treatment and supervision to ensure the veterans get back on their feet.

On Thursday, some veterans and their mentors were given holiday cheer in the form of a party and grocery gift cards.

“It is, number one, [to] say hey we appreciate you, and number two we want you to know we remember you during the holidays, and number three you’re important to us,” said Pauline Lee, the president of the Nevada Republican Club.

The Nevada Republican Club has been a partner to the treatment court for the past six years. Lee says the holidays can be a tough time for these veterans.

“For them, sometimes on the holidays they don’t have their family or friends to support them,” she said.

Lee says this event shows veterans there are people in the community who care about them and want to thank them for their service.

“We want them to enjoy a positive holiday experience and that’s what we’re trying to do,” she said.