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Event links vets with services

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Veterans are invited to a court-sponsored resource day intended to connect them with a range of community services.

A record-number of agencies are expected at Thursday’s Veterans Resource Day, including the Veteran Integration Center, AGORA Crisis Center and the University of New Mexico’s Veteran Resource Center, according to a news release. A light lunch will be provided.

Metropolitan Court organizes two resource days per year for participants in their Community Veterans Court, but once a year, the event is open to the public.

“Veterans Resource Day is a one-stop shop where veterans and service members can connect with dozens of agencies that provide everything from employment resources to therapy options,” Metro Court spokeswoman Camille Baca wrote in a news release.

That program, launched in 2016, provides veterans with a combination of court supervision and treatment with the goal of addressing the root cause of the issues that may have led a veteran into the justice system. Participation in the program is voluntary and normally takes six to 12 months.

“The camaraderie felt among the veterans in our program is strong,” Judge Henry A. Alaniz said in a news release. “They’re always looking for ways to support one another and want to extend that helping hand to other servicemen and servicewomen in our community.”

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