Veterans Court is a specialized court process that focuses on rehabilitating and connecting Veterans to services they need.

For the past several years, VLP has supported Veterans Court, a voluntary treatment court program designed to find alternatives to incarceration for service men and women. Through this program, Veterans who have committed misdemeanors or felonies attend weekly meetings with their probation officers, come before judges on a regular basis and receive support and guidance from Veteran mentors.

VLP plays an important role with the Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette and Washington County Veteran Courts by coordinating mentors for these Veterans. VLP recruits, trains and matches mentors with Veterans so they can provide support, guidance and encouragement throughout the Veteran’s legal process.

We work closely with the Allegheny County Veterans Court committee consisting of Debra Barnisin-Lange, assistant Allegheny County district attorney; Dan Kunz, a practicing attorney and adjunct professor at Duquesne University School of Law; Keather Likins and Denise Senft from the VA’s Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) Program; Allegheny County’s Justice Related Service; probation officers and PAServes.

If you’re interested in becoming a Veterans Court Mentor, please contact Ray Amelio, Veterans Court Coordinator, at

Veterans Court Mentors can access the training modules here.

Would you like to volunteer?

Contact Melissa Ernst by phone at (412) 481-8200, ext. 234 or by email at