By Samantha Vincent
If Tulsa County had no Veterans Treatment Court docket, Army veteran Roady Landtiser almost certainly would have gone to prison for 10 years on an abuse charge and therefore lost the chance to see his son grow up, he said.
But Landtiser, acting on advice from a supportive assistant public defender, agreed last year to take part in the 18-month program. In the process, he learned how to manage his post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction so he can avoid re-entering the justice system.
“Today, I get to see my son twice a week because of everything I’ve done this past year,” Landtiser said. “His mom, she sees a different and good man and wants me to be a part of (my son’s life.)”
The first Veterans Treatment Court docket in Tulsa County District Court was on Dec. 7, 2008.
Since then, the court has seen the graduation of nearly 250 veterans from all branches of the military.
Tulsa County District Judge Rebecca Nightingale handles the veterans court docket on Monday afternoons, helping people such as Landtiser build a rapport with treatment providers, attorneys and volunteer mentors who themselves are veterans.
Nearly 100 veterans were participating in the program, which also has oversight from the Community Service Council, as of Monday. Admission is available for those facing felony and misdemeanor convictions in Tulsa County.