Release from Office of Delegate Richard L. Anderson
New measures will help veterans access the services and assistance they need to transition back into their communities
MANASSAS, VA -This morning, Delegate Rich Anderson (R-51), Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-31), and Supervisor Ruth Anderson (Occoquan) stood together to unveil Prince William County General District Court’s new Veterans Treatment Docket.
In recognition of the toll on Virginia’s veterans that accompanies military service, the mission of the Prince William County Veterans Treatment Docket is to serve the community and increase public safety by incorporating a coordinated treatment response for justice-involved veterans with substance abuse and/ or mental health issues. The goal being to returning productive, law-abiding citizens to the community. Nationally, there are over 200 Veterans Treatment Dockets, the first of which formed 2008 in Buffalo, New York.
On the founding of the Veterans Treatment Docket, Delegate Anderson stated,
I am pleased that we are now moving forward with this excellent program, initiated by Judge Azcarate in Fairfax and now incorporated into the Prince William County court system by Judge Jarvis. Our Veterans Treatment Docket will provide resources and services that are vital to the rehabilitation and re-assimilation of veterans who have engaged with the criminal justice system. This initiative will enhance public safety, reduce recidivism, and underscore the mental, emotional , and other issues that face our warriors when they return home from foreign deployments. I sincerely value the commitment that Judge Jarvis and his colleagues have for military veterans and their families.
Supervisor Anderson stated,
Early in 2016 some members of our local Disabled American Veterans chapter met with me to advocate for a Veterans’ Docket in Prince William County. After much analysis and review of the successes in other areas, including Fairfax County, it became very clear to me that Prince William County should follow suit. When I learned that our own Judge Jarvis was already working on it, I offered my encouragement and support. This new process will connect Veterans with the services they need and deserve during court proceedings. Congratulations Judge Jarvis for a job well done!
Delegate Anderson is in his fourth term and chairs the General Assembly Military and Veterans Caucus, as well as the House Committee on Science and Technology. He sits as a member of three House committees: Appropriations, General Laws, and Transportation. His entire district lies within Prince William County and stretches from Occoquan through Lake Ridge to Nokesville.