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Veterans court celebrates second graduation

Judge Michael J. Piontek, Racine County Circuit Court, gives graduate Austin Bray his certificate for completing the Second Judicial District’s veterans treatment court program.
Judge Michael J. Piontek, Racine County Circuit Court, gives graduate Austin Bray his certificate for completing the Second Judicial District’s veterans treatment court program.

On Dec. 9, 2014 six veterans gathered in the Racine County Branch 5 courtroom to celebrate as the second class to successfully complete the Second Judicial District Veterans Treatment Court program.

The U.S. Navy Band from Great Lakes Naval Base was on hand to perform during the graduation, and the Racine County Sheriff’s Department provided refreshments.

Program graduate and U.S. Army Private Austin Bray spoke at the ceremony about the need to listen to the treatment court team and do what they suggest, even if you don’t think that is what should be done. He stated the team is working to help participants learn new thinking to make better decisions.

Bray served in the U.S. Army and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He performed a critical function in the Army as a Bradley Vehicle System Maintainer from 2009-11.

Racine County Circuit Court Judge Michael J. Piontek conferred the completion of the program for the six graduates, and gave the closing remarks at the ceremony.

The Second Judicial District Treatment Court program was introduced in the summer of 2012. It serves veterans in Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth counties, and is headquartered out of the Racine County Courthouse.

Members of the United States Navy Band Great Lakes perform during a veterans court treatment program graduation ceremony in Racine on Dec. 9, 2014.
Members of the United States Navy Band Great Lakes perform during a veterans court treatment program graduation ceremony in Racine on Dec. 9, 2014.

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