Being part of the Forums has been a game changer. With the lessons learned there and given the opportunity to go through Mentor Boot Camp was amazing.

I will never forget the names, faces and the memories of all who have sat in this courtroom over the 15 months. Thank you for being part of this experience.”

SVF GraduateMD – 2016

“My life was a mess…alcohol played a big role in my life…. I hope someday I can return the favor to this great program. Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t be here if not for this Vets program.

I would also like to tell veterans that are in this program, be true to yourself and this program DOES work if you give it a chance. I’m proof of this.”

SVF GraduateLS – 2017

“The VET Court is like a 5-way team: Myself and any Vet we’re given the opportunity to be educated, Vet Center, Forums, A mentor to discuss good or problem situations, a PO to mediate between attorney- prosecutor-court (monitor Progress) and a Judge to oversee it all.

Unlike other courts, this system seems to be designed to assist an individual instead of just awarding fines and punishment. My impression is if you’re sincere, the court is willing to give a person the chance to get back on track.”

SVF GraduateCH – 2016

“I made a mistake; I broke a law that I swore as a veteran to defend and protect those around me. We were all trained to do just that. And through this system, Veterans Court, we continue our training, through classes, the VA, and Forum where we talk with others who know our problems and pains.

I’ve been given the opportunity to better myself – and that’s what I’ve done… I was allowed the choice of a mentor, a battle buddy, a person I can trust with my life to stand beside me. They are all here to lead from the front, to guide and show me the way, offering their hand should I stumble or require assistance. I am not being pushed nor will they carry me on my journey.”

SVF GraduateRR – 05-18-17

“I made a mistake; I broke a law that I swore as a veteran to defend and protect those around me. We were all trained to do just that. And through this system, Veterans Court, we continue our training, through classes, the VA, and Forum where we talk with others who know our problems and pains.

I’ve been given the opportunity to better myself – and that’s what I’ve done… I was allowed the choice of a mentor, a battle buddy, a person I can trust with my life to stand beside me.

They are all here to lead from the front, to guide and show me the way, offering their hand should I stumble or require assistance. I am not being pushed nor will they carry me on my journey.”

SVF GraduateRR – 05-18-17

“My life was a mess…alcohol played a big role in my life. Janice from the V.A. introduced me to VET Court. I agreed to the terms hoping to be a better person.

I hope someday I can return the favor to this great program. Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t be here if not for this Vets program.

I would also like to tell veterans that are in this program, be true to yourself and this program DOES work if you give it a chance. I’m proof of this.”

SVF GraduateLS - 01/12/17

“5 years ago, I was introduced to the SVF, when it was a sparkle in the eye of the veteran community. I’ve had the honor of watching this glorious program grow to the successful organization that it is today. I’ve seen the good the bad and the ugly throughout the years, yet it still stands strong about the changes this program has brought to our veteran and civilian community alike.

Not only have I seen the changes in the lives of countless defendants/mentees, but I’ve also seen the change in myself and the other mentors in the program as well. It’s empowered me to be a better veteran advocate and lead a life that I can give back more to my veteran community in ways that I couldn’t have ever imagined.

I’ve been able to reach out and place the right resources needed to enrich the tools provided for our mentee’s and mentor’s as well. I get a great satisfaction of knowing that my mission is not short lived and that I’m able to pave forward with such an amazing team of carrying people who are on the same road as myself, plus provide the tools so that I can bring another veteran up to our road so that we can all walk together to accomplish the tasks at hand and build a better future for Spokane and our veteran community.”

Michael CarrollSenior Mentor

“The Spokane Veterans Court Forum has been a great collaborative partner for WorkSource and other support organizations who serve veterans. The court/forum provides support services that help mentors assist veterans, who’ve made mistakes but want to become productive, working members of society. Their services reduce recidivism and allow veterans to restore their honor, respect and dignity. The Court/Forum’s mission directly supports and aligns with Employment Security’s vision ‘The right job for each person, every time’”

Seth MaierVeteran Case Manager at WorkSource Spokane

“It is without hesitation that our organization, Northwest Golfers for Warriors, donate proceeds from Dan Kleckner’s Golf Classic to Spokane Veterans Forum. We have seen firsthand the “boots on the ground” support SVF gives to our local Vets. Offering veterans, a second chance through guidance and education about life choices is the type of mentoring SVF delivers.”

Dan KlecknerMember of Board, Northwest Golfers for Warriors, News Anchor, KHQ-TV

1. I am not sick or broken. I am me.
2. It’s OK to walk away from confrontation.
3. When I am stressed/triggered – Go workout.
4. We are not alone.
5. It’s not magic. Maintain – work to maintain”.

SVF Graduate