Men and women who serve in the military endure high costs of service. The impact of military service on veterans can be immense and long-lasting. Many returning veterans cope with serious issues such as alcohol and substance abuse, mental illness, homelessness, unemployment and strained relationships. With the increase of veterans suffering from these issues in our criminal justice system, there is a need to develop innovative ways of working to address the needs.
One of Attorney General Kilmartin's priorities in office has been the creation of a Veterans Court in Rhode Island. Along with Rhode Island District Court Chief Judge Jeanne E. LaFazia, AG Kilmartin is committed to make the state's initiative for this unique court program a reality.
The Veteran’s Court will provide qualified veteran or active military person suffering from PTSD or other service related with wrap-around services through the court with the ultimate goal of providing the veteran/active military person the necessary tools necessary to lead a productive and law-abiding lifestyle.
Rhode Island’s pilot program in the Third Division District Court in Kent County is funded through a grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) and the Kent Center in Warwick.