Shown in photo: Judge David Jordon, who will soon be retiring from 54-B District Court.
Earlier this month, I began my second year as a veteran mentor in the Matt Brundage Ingham County Veterans Treatment Court, here in the City of East Lansing. Veterans Treatment Court results from the collaborative effort of the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA), Ingham County, 54-B District Court, the Honorable David L. Jordon, and many local veterans and veterans' organizations. My mentee is an Iraq veteran, a paratrooper, and one of those guys we ground pounders called an . . . well, never mind.
As my mentee and I recently sat quietly in the courtroom awaiting our appearance before Judge Jordon and listening to other cases, I couldn't help but reflect back over the past twelve months and the success stories I've been privileged to observe. Veterans Court was established to assist those men and women who, after having voluntarily given up part of their lives to serve our country, need to overcome adjustment challenges upon their return to civilian life. The veterans who appear at this court are fellow citizens who, unfortunately, upon their return, ran afoul of society's expectations. Some of the infractions are more egregious than others.