Mentors

Become a mentor and make a difference in the lives of fellow veterans.

Become a Volunteer Veteran Mentor

Veterans Treatment Courts are successful in part because they link troubled veterans with volunteer veteran mentors.

 

Local Veterans Treatment Courts harness the camaraderie among members of the Armed Forces by training veterans from the community to volunteer and serve as mentors for other veterans. The Mentor Corps builds on the undeniable truth; no bond is as strong as the one between those who have fought for their country.

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Serving as a mentor not only helps veterans involved in the program but also provides the veteran mentor a critical role in the community and a sense of fulfillment that can only be achieved when one veteran saves the life of another.

 

If you are interested in being a mentor, please contact the Davidson County Veterans Court at 615.862.8320.

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Information for Mentors

  • Active listener
  • Empathetic
  • Encouraging and supportive
  • Positive military service
  • Tolerant and respectful of individual differences
  • Knowledge of community resources and services
All inquiries about participating as a Veteran Mentor will be directed to the Mentor Coordinator, who will respond to any prospective mentor inquiries.

Current Veteran Mentors with knowledge of any prospective mentor’s history or background that may jeopardize the integrity of the program, the VTC, or the participants, must communicate this knowledge and/or concerns to the Mentor, Court Coordinator, or Judge.

Each prospective Veteran Mentor must complete a screening process. The VC Mentor, Court Coordinator, and the Judge will decide whether to accept or deny an applicant. Feedback regarding the prospective mentor’s denial may or may not be given. The right to withhold or give feedback is solely at the discretion of the Mentor, the VC Coordinator, and the Judge.

 

The screening process includes the completion and review of the following:

  • Volunteer Application Form
  • Personal interview
  • Background check
  • Veterans Court Mentor Agreement form

All prospective mentors must complete the required initial training to be eligible to begin mentoring.

 

Training will include, but is not limited to:

  • Observation of several court sessions
  • Discussion of the experience of court observations
Unacceptable behaviors will not be tolerated while a Veteran Mentor participates in the program. Because of a mentor’s direct impact on a veteran participant, behaviors that are not aligned with the mission, vision, goals, and values of Veterans Court are unacceptable and prohibited. Determining any such unacceptable behavior shall be at the sole discretion of the Judge or Court Coordinator.

All mentors will be recognized for their role in the Davidson County Veterans Court program. The VTC Mentor and Court Coordinator are responsible for planning and implementing recognition activities at least once per year.

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The Davidson County Veterans Court is committed to helping veterans reclaim their lives. Contact us today to see how we can help you or someone you know.