Federal funds pitched for vet treatment

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, co-chair of the Congressional Post 9/11 Veterans Caucus, announced support Tuesday for bipartisan legislation to authorize federal funding for veteran treatment courts in Hawaii and across the United States.

The Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act (H.R. 4345) would provide federal grants to state, local, and tribal governments to establish new veteran treatment courts and maintain current programs, like the Big Island Veterans Treatment Court, according to a press release from Gabbard’s office. More than 15,000 veterans nationwide have received support through veteran treatment courts.

“In Hawaii and across the country, veteran treatment courts are helping veterans who are dealing with substance addiction and have committed nonviolent crimes get treatment and get their lives back on track,” Gabbard said.