MADERA COUNTY — The first phase of the District Attorney’s Office’s Veteran’s Court Plan will be launched at the Caring Veteran’s of America, Inc. Veteran’s Stand Down on May 21, at the Sierra Pines Church in Oakhurst from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Along with the first phase of the Veteran’s Court, the Stand Down will include free medical examinations and consultations with Veterans Administration personnel, both from the VA Hospital in Fresno and Madera County Veteran’s Affairs Office.
Caring Veterans of America, Inc., will be the coordinating organization of the Veteran’s Court of Eastern Madera County, and VFW Post 1981 will help coordinate Veteran’s Court in Madera at future events.
The purpose of the Veteran’s Court is to help vets clean up their prior criminal record and assist them with any current legal criminal problems they have in pending in court currently.
The Veteran’s Court, which was a promise made to veterans by District Attorney David Linn in his 2014 campaign, will include a cooperative effort between the District Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office and the Madera Superior Court. Specifically, Presiding Judge Ernest J. LiCalsi, and Judge Dale Blea will be holding Veteran’s Court in Madera two days per month.
In recent meetings with the Veterans Administration, the Madera program has been declared as “far ahead of many other counties” that are attempting to help veterans, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
DA Linn’s new program of working with veterans who find themselves afoul of the law, will work to benefit each veteran, even if their problem is in a different jurisdiction.
“I understand that bad things do happen to good people, and that good men and women occasionally make poor decisions,” says Linn, a Navy Vietnam veteran.
The Veteran’s Stand Down on May 21 will be held at the Sierra Pines Church, located at 40855 Covey Court, off of Highway 49 just north of Oakhurst.