Court seeks veterans to serve as peer mentors



Clark County’s Veterans Therapeutic Court is seeking honorably discharged veterans to serve as peer mentors to defendants involved in the program.

The court wants the mentors to support the defendants — veterans struggling with substance abuse or mental illness — during their treatment and adjustment to civilian life. Defendants are charged with low-level offenses and are amenable to treatment.

The court is seeking veterans from each branch of the armed forces, men and women, and vets from all eras. A coordinator recruits, screens, organizes and trains mentors, and acts as the liaison with the court’s core team.

The court meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Clark County Courthouse, 1200 Franklin St. in Vancouver.

Those interested in becoming a mentor can contact Shauna McCloskey, therapeutic specialty courts coordinator, at 360-397-2431; Jim Lunstrum, veterans peer mentor coordinator, at 360-831-1896; or Mike Willbur of Washington Department of Veteran Affairs at 360-241-3448.