The Model Veterans Court Act Drafting Committee held its fourth and final meeting in Chicago on March 3-4, 2017. The agenda was to review in detail the policy decisions made in earlier meetings and to refine the draft for the final reading at the Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA in July, 2017. Several stylistic and re-ordering changes of the act were made, but no substantive changes were made. We had several observers from groups that work to train individuals or work to promote veterans courts in our country. Near the end of the meeting, all observers indicated full support for our act. One change made at our last meeting was to have the act presented in a form for both enactment by legislation or by court rule.
This has been a remarkable drafting committee and has been unanimous in its support for veterans courts and the effort to draft the very best act possible. Our observers were of immense help in having the draft reflect the best thinking and practices of these courts. We await the Executive Committee’s decision to rename the act as the Model Veterans Treatment Court Act.
Harry L Tindall, Chair, Model Veterans Court Act Drafting Committee