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Manatee County Veterans Court Council names Jane Roseboro interim chairwoman

She will lead citizens group working to set up veterans court in Manatee

BRADENTON -- A citizens committee working to bring a veterans court to Manatee County now has its first chairwoman.

Manatee County Veterans Court Council named Jane Roseboro interim chairwoman Thursday.

Roseboro, a clinical manager of community programs at Manatee Glens for drug courts in Manatee and Sarasota counties, already knows the key players in the court system, and understands substance abuse treatment programs, advisory committee members said.

Substance abuse is cited as a major contributing factor when veterans run afoul of the law. A veterans court would help steer vets facing charges for nonviolent crimes into treatment programs in lieu of long-term incarceration.

"I think there is still a lot of work to do," Roseboro said after the meeting.

One of the major contributions the citizens committee will make is establishing a peer mentoring program to help vets work through problems, and serve as a friend and ally as they readjust to civilian life.

"This is a draft of a working document. We want to restore one veteran at a time," said Richard Conard, who presented the mentor handbook. "We have come to the conclusion that with 22 veterans committing suicide a day we have a societal problem."

In other business, the council agreed Walt Smith, court administrator for the 12th Judicial Circuit, would be their contact with the court system.

The council set its next meeting for 9 a.m. July 15 in the Manatee County Administration Building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W.

Information: Patti Durham at 941-748-4501, ext. 3490.

James A. Jones Jr., Herald reporter, can be contacted at 941-745-7053 or on Twitter@jajones1.

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