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Montgomery County Provides Program To Help Veterans Housed In Its Jail

It started in May and includes classes about resources and counseling sessions.

Shannon Brown leads a counseling session at the Montgomery County jail as part of the V.E.T.S. program.
Shannon Brown leads a counseling session at the Montgomery County jail as part of the V.E.T.S. program.
Adam Wilson leads a counseling session at the Montgomery County jail as part of the V.E.T.S. program.
Adam Wilson leads a counseling session at the Montgomery County jail as part of the V.E.T.S. program.

Montgomery County is providing a voluntary program for veterans who are housed in the county jail.

The program is called “Veterans Embracing the Tools for Success” (V.E.T.S.).

Sheriff Rand Henderson started it at the beginning of May because many of the veterans in his jail don’t know about the resources available to them.

Through classes about those resources and other services and also counseling sessions, the goals are easing their re-entry into society after their release and reducing the chances they will go back to jail.

“This is a population that we feel that has the capability of rehabilitation so they, you know, can rely on the structure that was provided in the military, they can rekindle that here in the jail,” Henderson tells Houston Public Media.

Michael Prevatt is one of 25 veterans who are currently participating in the program.

He served for seven years and was deployed in Somalia, the Persian Gulf and Bosnia.

Prevatt has been in the county jail since last October for possession of a controlled substance and he says the counseling is healing some old wounds because he is “finding out that these weren’t weaknesses, that they’re human things that we actually went through and that we can still have honor and, and know that… that these are human emotions.”

The inmates also learn about how to look for a job and a place to live when they are released and get help with paperwork they have to file with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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