Veterans Court

Veterans Court Electronic Referral Form

 AirForce  Army  CoastGuard
 Marines  Navy

 

Mission Statement:
The mission of the Benton County Veterans Therapeutic Court is to recognize the selfless service of Veterans to our country by addressing their unique needs, emphasizing rehabilitation over incarceration and diverting them from the traditional criminal justice system.  Through a collaborative effort with community partners, court-supervised treatment, and judicial accountability, provide Veterans with the tools they need to reintegrate into our community and become integral and productive members of society.

Court Information:
Benton County Justice Center
District Court
7122 W. Okanogan, Bldg A
Kennewick, WA 99336
Phone: (509) 735-8476, ext. 3353
Fax: (509) 222-3758

The Veterans Court office is located upstairs in the Justice Center.   Weekly Court hearings are held Tuesdays in Courtroom 5 beginning at 10:00 A.M.


The Veterans Court Team:

 Title  Name  Contact Information

Judge

Hon. Dan Kathren

c/o Tara Symons

Therapeutic Courts Coordinator

Tara Symons, MBA, MSW

(509) 735-8476 ext. 3353
Tara.Symons@co.benton.wa.us

Assistant to the Coordinator

Denise Kautzky

(509) 735-8476 ext. 3353
Denise.Kautzky@co.benton.wa.us

Case Manager

TBD

 

Mentor Coordinator

Tom Mattis

mentorc@columbiabasinvetcenter.org

Veterans Justice Outreach

Rhonda Strother, LICSW

(509) 386-0991
Rhonda.Strother@va.gov

Defense Attorney

Catherine Harkins

(509) 316-0596
HarkinsLaw@gmail.com

Prosecuting Attorney

Eric Andrews

(509) 735-3591
Eric.Andrews@co.benton.wa.us

Law Enforcement liaison

Lt. Jason Erickson,
Benton County Sheriff’s Office

(509) 735-6555 ext. 3843
Jason.Erickson@co.benton.wa.us

Treatment liaison

Zach Roddy,
Lourdes Counseling Center

Zachary.Roddy@lourdesonline.org


About Veterans Court:
The Benton County Veterans Therapeutic Court (VTC) is a voluntary program created to provide support to qualifying Veterans that are involved in the criminal justice system.  VTC requires regular court appearances, appointments with the VTC Case Manager, compliance with treatment plan(s) including mental health, substance abuse and medication management, attendance at monthly forums, completion of community service and regular contact with the Veteran Mentor.  The program is structured such that the participant may regain stability in their life while learning life-long skills to ensure they avoid future involvement in the criminal justice system.   

VTC depends upon teamwork and the participant is the most important member of the team.  They are expected to seek help from fellow Veterans and give support and encouragement to each other.  They will be given a veteran mentor that will be an additional support throughout the program. 

As long as they are willing to show up, do the work, and be honest, they will be able to overcome any challenges and setbacks they encounter to successfully complete and graduate from this program.  In most cases, graduation from VTC results in their charge(s) being dismissed!

VTC consists of two tracks: Stipulated order of continuance (SOC) and probation.  The SOC track is a pre-adjudication track which means that the case is held in a “pending” status while participating in VTC.  If the participant successfully completes the program, their charge is eligible to be dismissed or amended in most cases.  The probation track is a post-adjudication track in which they can participate after being convicted and sentenced to probation on a case.  The duration of probation may be reduced by participating on the probation track.  The participant’s attorney will discuss this in more detail. 

Important Documents:

Other Helpful Resources:
Request Veterans military records: https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records
Legal assistance:  https://www.va.gov/OGC/LegalServices.asp


 

 


 
 
 

 
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