Bloomfield Hills, MI, March 29, 2016
The Warriors Trust Fund was awarded a twenty-thousand-dollar grant from the Oakland County Bar Foundation (OCBF). The organization is a 501c3 organization established to raise awareness and to provide emergency funding and lifestyle support to and on behalf of Military Veterans who have honorably served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
In 2013, Oakland County Chief Judge Nanci Grant, and Department of Corrections Probation Agent Marseille Allen, established the Oakland County Combat Veterans Treatment Court (C-VTC) to allow for the successful completion of the conditions of probation for those United States Military Veterans whose criminal behavior is a direct result of combat, conflict, or search and rescue or recovery experiences.
The Warriors Trust Fund was established in 2015 to assist men and women who participate in Oakland County’s C-VTC. The Fund assists Veterans with overcoming identified barriers which may impact their ability to successfully complete probation; thereby reducing recidivism rates among this population.
Marseille Allen, President of The Warriors Trust Fund, stated that this is a multi-level plan focused on garnering financial support from a combination of businesses and private donors in the community at an aggressive rate of growth. According to Allen, the organization’s “primary goal is to support and assist those honored Veterans who are in dire need of rehabilitation from not only physical, but legal, emotional and psychological elements that inhibit them from conforming to a healthy and normal lifestyle. We are pleased that we have received recognition from the Oakland County Bar Foundation. This will provide added value to the organization’s mission and goals to enhance the lives of Oakland County’s Combat Veterans and be a supportive arm to the participants of the C-VTC. This increases our resources and opportunities exponentially!”
While there are nearly 250 Veterans Treatment Courts throughout the country, Oakland County remains the only combat-specific court in the State of Michigan and one of two in the nation. The Oakland County Bar Foundation’s commitment to underwrite this program will support the Fund’s strategic plan initiative for long-term funding of program services to benefit veterans without other financial means.
The Oakland County Bar Foundation focuses on providing access to justice by funding legal aid and education programs through the generous support of donors and volunteers. In 2015 alone, the OCBF supported 17 worthwhile programs through $183,000 in grants awarded. Founded in 1999, the OCBF has grown to become a leader and trendsetter for law-based foundations nationally. For more information, visit www.ocba.org/ocbf.