In a June 23 editorial, The Olympian gave a big thumbs up to King County for their efforts in starting a Veterans Court. The editorial went on to say there is a hope Thurston County would take this excellent example and have one as well. Guess what? We do.
Thurston County Veterans Court will celebrate its third-year anniversary on July 22, 2012. It was the first Veterans Court in the Pacific Northwest and only the 12th in the nation. Both Seattle Municipal Court and King County modeled their Veterans Courts after Thurston County’s.
Recently, Behavioral Health Resources awarded Judge Brett Buckley a Phoenix Award in large part for his work in Veterans Court and the Washington Defender Association gave Alex Frix, the Veterans Court public defender, an award for his work in Veterans Court.
Thurston County Veterans Court is held every Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Thurston County District Court, Building 3, at the Thurston County Courthouse in Olympia.
It is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. For more information on all of Thurston County’s Therapeutic Courts, feel free to check out the website at: co.thurston.wa.us/treatment -tax/index. There are links to all the programs as well.
I say two thumbs up to Thurston County.