At American Legion Post 10’s (Manassas) January general membership meeting the Legionnaires had the privilege of Judge William E. Jarvis, Prince William County General District Court, address the membership about the Prince William County Veteran’s docket. While Judge Jarvis is not a Veteran himself, his father, Herbert Jarvis, was a badly injured Veteran of World War II. Judge Jarvis originally hails from Norfolk, but started his legal career as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Prince William County in 2002.
Judge Jarvis was the impetus in developing the program which is formally known as the Veterans Treatment Docket. Commonly referred to as Veterans Court, it is designed to give Veterans who have been charged with a criminal or serious traffic offense the opportunity to seek and participate in service connected treatment or other assistance that address service connected issues which led to the current pending charges.
While there is no guarantees regarding the outcomes of the Veterans’ cases, a committee of community stakeholders helps determine which cases qualify for the specialty docket. If qualified, Veterans would be allowed to participate in relevant services prior to final disposition of their charges. The docket is operated on the assumption that meaningful participation in service connected treatment programs will ultimately lead to the best possible outcome of the pending charges.
A mentor program staffed by Veterans is being developed in Prince William county to help guide participants through the process. Additional information will be forthcoming on how Legionnaires can assist with this program.
Photos provided by “Gunny Photo”, article by Martin Lewis, aka “Gunny”, Post 10 Past Commander .