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Welcome to the foundation of Mentors for Hillsborough County Veterans (MHCV). We are veterans who are dedicated to the men and women in Tampa Bay's Veterans Treatment Court (VTC).

 

Why We Do What We Do: 

Driven by the U.S. military values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and moral courage, the volunteer mentors are Tampa Bay’s unsung heroes whose daily actions positively impact the well being of its local veterans and our community. They continue to pay it forward without any expectation of compensation or recognition. In fact, their “reward” is in the grateful acknowledgment from those veterans and their families and their well-being. The volunteer veteran mentors are the “quiet warriors” who will not rest until every veteran in trouble with the law is provided the needed resources to get well again and successfully reintegrate into our community.

 

Our Mission Statement:

To help identify, treat, rehabilitate, and to seamlessly reintegrate the veteran back into the community where he or she earlier swore to protect and defend; Serve as a platform for community awareness and education of the VTC program; Provide training and advisory support to requested VTC programs (intra and interstate levels); Advocate for pertinent Veterans legislation (local, state and federal levels).

LEADERSHIP DELIVERING RESULTS FOR OUR COMMUNITY, SERVING WITH GRACE AND DIGNITY FOR VETERANS AFTER THE WAR.
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IN THE

2024

2023

01 December:  TBAE Kim Droege interviews Tampa VTC Judge Michael Scionti:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0xoriXsBqM

02 November: 2023 UofTampa Ethics Award: https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local-news/retired-florida-veteran-wins-tampa-bay-business-ethics-award

13 October:  10 Year Anniversary and Awards Event, Tampa VTC and Mentors Program: https://www.wtsp.com/video/news/national/military-news/veterans-treatment-court-helps-service-members-get-back-on-track/67-26fb8f0b-3cc2-4492-9f0b-f528a860208b 

09 August:  Reminder for PACT ACT filing for retroactive benefits:  https://baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2023/08/09/deadline-to-file-for-pact-act-benefits

05 August:  VetFest at Tropicana Field helping local community Veterans with PACT Act and other health services:  https://www.wfla.com/news/pinellas-county/vetfest-helps-bay-area-veterans-learn-

 

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03 July:  (WFTS ABC): Focusing on Fireworks: https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-hillsborough/how-fireworks-may-negatively-impact-local-veterans

16 June:  (FOX 13 Tampa) Tampa prosecutors, defense attorneys, and Tampa judges come together to help veterans:  

 https://www.fox13news.com/news/hillsborough-state-attorneys-office-holds-training-day-for-veterans-treatment-court

12 June:  US Secretary of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans - Bio:

 

https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/achv/Bio-DJ-Reyes.asp

29 May: Tampa VTC Mentors program support to Memorial Park Cemetery upkeep, while focused on expanding its program at the Federal Court level: https://www.fox13news.com/video/1227364

03 February: US Congresswoman Kathy Castor (FL-14) announces the selection of Colonel DJ Reyes (USA retired) to attend the 7 February 2023 POTUS State of the Union Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE9epMJd0og

27 January  Combat Stress Magazine: Leveraging the Power of Community to help our Veterans

https://www.stress.org/leveraging-the-power-of-community-to-help-our-veterans?fbclid=IwAR2QslV1QCK5nFCiPDc6kIXJHu19sErx2gEAOr-PKmp_E-2QyPUN4z_Ggfg

2022

24 November  Fox 13's Gloria Gomez coverage of Tampa Veterans Treatment Court Judge and Veteran Mentors providing Thanksgiving Turkey meals to its Veterans and families in need: 
https://www.fox13news.com/news/legal-program-for-veterans-in-hillsborough-county-delivers-thanksgiving-to-those-who-served

12 November  WFLA Bloom Host Gayle Guyardo interviews VTC Judge Michael Scionti:  https://www.wfla.com/bloom/tampa-judge-helps-fellow-veterans-transition-into-civilian-life/

04 September: Veterans Corner Radio Interview. Veterans Treatment Court Interview 5 of 5 - Perspectives from the Senior Veteran Mentor Program Coordinator, Tampa VTC. https://www.buzzsprout.com/952243/11247260-veterans-treatment-court-mentor-number-one-gives-a-little-background-on-the-start-of-the-court-but-more-importantly-how-he-has-worked-to-spread-the-program-across-the-nation-retired-colonel-dj-reyes-has-much-to?t=0

03 September:  Commentary on PACT Act (Burn

 

Pits/Toxic Exposure), Combat Stress Magazine, Summer/Fall edition:   https://www.stress.org/wp-content/themes/Avada-child/lib/3d-flip-book/3d-flip-book/?mag_id=63543&token=58030

22 August:  WFLA/WTTA Bloom TV interview with host Gayle Guyardo: PACT Act (Toxic Exposures): https://www.wfla.com/bloom/the-most-comprehensive-veterans-health-care-bill-that-addresses-toxic-exposures-is-now-law/ 

17 August: "The Leadership Void" Veteran Podcast with Vince and Enrique: Thoughts on the Veterans Treatment Court (VTC), veteran legislation, leadership and advice to our next Greatest Generation of military leaders:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVlwkxy4-2Y

29 July:  WFTS-ABC 28 interview on the failed US Senate vote for S3373 (PACT Act/Toxic Exposures): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyAg33tHpHM

27 June:  Status of HR3967 "Toxic Exposures/Burn Pits" legislation and the impending approval and POTUS signing into law: #HR3967 #ToxicExposures #BurnPits
https://www.wfla.com/bloom/leave-no-veteran-behind/

17 June:  WFTS ABC interview with Wendi Lane on the impact of HR3967 PACT Act: https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-sarasota-manatee/bill-to-help-with-burn-pit-care-moves-forward-could-help-millions-of-impacted-veterans

16 June:  Senate passes historic Veterans Health legislation (HR3967 PACT Act) - House anticipates final vote enroute to POTUS for signature:  https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/16/senate-burn-pit-bill-biden-00040195

11 March: US Congresswoman Castor and Veterans Legislation Update/Roundtable: 

 

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?ref=notif&v=1161512287987404&notif_id=16470

 

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04 March: US House passes Toxic Exposures (Burn Pits) PACT Act:  

https://castor.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=403796&fbclid=IwAR1mkRz5HzynmCsqHPipLWCHVb3W7hAbZNpGUqY30hdIv4sN9ZkXu17ATsA

12 January: Local Veterans' Wellness through Veterans Treatment Court and recent Burn Pits legislation signed into US Law: 

 

https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2022/01/11/burn-pit-legislation?fbclid=IwAR1JachZk-HI36-UsEMf5Zy9U2GTf2dr8znHZGTTUi9qCeiM9jkE4f-DCc4

 

2021

22 November: Tampa VTC Judge and Mentors support Annual Thanksgiving Holiday meal delivery to VTC veterans:  https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-hillsborough/veterans-deliver-turkeys-and-hope-to-troubled-vets

11 November: WFTS ABC segment on Tampa's VTC Program:  https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-hillsborough/special-hillsborough-veterans-court-provides-treatment-instead-of-sending-troubled-vets-to-jail

12 October:  Reverend William Corby Award: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=655211478796066

22 February: Veterans Corner Radio (Podcast):

https://www.buzzsprout.com/952243/7956091

2020

01 December:  Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) "ChangeMakers" p46: https://www.moaa.org/micro/changemakers/changemakers/

 26 November: Fox13 Gloria Gomez covers VTC Mentors' Annual Thanksgiving Meal Program for its VTC veterans:

https://www.fox13news.com/news/veterans-get-free-thanksgiving-dinners-with-a-side-of-gratitude

12 November: StepUpAmericaProgram.org Podcast "The Franklin Project":  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYFUzlqt8jY

11 November: LTG James Peake Community Service Award (Bay Area Legal Services):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYiwOCjVSwM&feature=youtu.be

21 August:  Radio Interview 1180AM WFYL (Phila, PA) on Tampa's VTC and Mentor Program:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyE2ykpZLeg&list=PLrb1ux_dsaHXMWQTpSBsY7takJfH570lR&index=2&t=0s  

21 August:   Pandemic Poses Challenges For Veterans Treatment Courts

https://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/2020-08-21/pandemic-poses-challenges-for-veterans-treatment-courts

13 August: Tampa City Councilman Viera hosted panel with VTC Judges Michael Scionti and Gregory Holder, and senior veteran mentors DJ Reyes and Jim Fletcher: 

 

https://www.facebook.com/councilmanluis/videos/2993244120786096/?vh=e&extid=qUYuL1GJT1uZnLwl&d=n

8 August:  POTUS signs VTC Legislation into law:

https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/national/military-news/president-trump-signs-veteran-treatment-court-coordination-act-into-law/67-

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28 July: WFLA Bloom 38 TV Interview with Gayle Guyardo on VTC and HR886

https://www.wfla.com/bloom/community-voice-on-veterans-issues/

 

21July  HR886 VTC Bill Passed:

https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/your-military/2020/07/21/congress-approves-bill-giving-federal-support-to-veterans-treatment-courts/  

15 July Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero Award (Video): 

https://tampabay.box.com/s/d8yavl77lxiolxi85qz1ovkx6zbru9xu (Video)

  

https://www.nhl.com/lightning/news/col-dj-reyes-honored-as-lightning-community-hero/c-317452512tcid=fb_news_content_id&fbclid=IwAR3u9P4mcZtSfdVvvyU_uYif8luFWEBm4yUuk41lspR2eUjtoWP8TU2iNw (press release)

22 April  VTC legislation commentary:  

https://www.militarytimes.com/opinion/commentary/2020/04/22/why-congress-should-support-a-national-veterans-treatment-court-program/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB%2004.22.20&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief

2023 VTC Schedule:  0900, 5th Floor Courthouse Annex, 800 E. Twiggs St, Tampa FL

Jan 13, 27; Feb 10; Mar 10, 31; Apr 14; May 12;

Jun 9; Jul 21; Aug 18; Sep 8, 29; Oct 20;

Nov 9; Dec 15

2024 VTC Schedule:  

Jan 19; Feb 9,23; Mar 22; Apr 19; May 9, 31; Jun 21; Jul 19; Aug 16; Sep 6,27; Oct 18; Nov 8;

 

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