Veterans Court - Galveston County

Galveston County

Veterans Treatment Court


The mission of the Galveston County Veterans Treatment Court is to assist Veterans and their families to become integral and productive members of the community through a collaborative effort, and to honor them and restore their dignity for their selfless service to our country; we shall leave no veteran behind.

VTC Presiding JudgeThe Honorable Mark A. Henry(USAFR RET 1989 – 2010)(409) 766-2244Veterans Court CoordinatorMatthew Parrish(ARMY 2002– 2005)(409) 765-2679VA Veteran Justice Outreach CoordinatorDr. Edward Henderson(713) 503-0151edward.henderson2@va.govChief Assistant Criminal AttorneyPaul Love(409) 766-2355(Note: ADA cannot speak with Defendants)VTC Defense Attorney   Amber Spurlock(USAF 2008 - 2011)Tad Nelson & Associate820 E. Main. League City, TX 77573Office: (281) 280-0100   amber@thenelsonfirm.comCompliance OfficerJohnathan Bouvier(USMC & Army 1993 – 2007)(409) 766-2522Veterans Service OfficerJeff Gottlob(USMC RET 1980 – 2001)(409) 766-2448Veteran Treatment Court Mentoring & Wellness CoordinatorKevin WoodsNavy 2007 -

If you believe you are a qualifying veteran and would like to apply to theVTC program, please contact any of the above VTC Staff.ELIGIBILITYTo qualify for the GCVTC a defendant MUST:​      * Be charge with a criminal offense: either felony or misdemeanor inGalveston County* Be a US military Veteran, on Active Duty, or serve in the Reserves,National Guard, or State Guard* Be Active Duty or currently discharged as: Honorable; or General UnderHonorable Conditions*  Be a resident of Galveston  County* The Veteran must be suffering from a brain injury, mental illness or mentaldisorder, which  can include Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or was a victimof Military Sexual Trauma that:A) Occurred during or resulted from the Veterans military service, andB) Affected the defendants criminal conduct at issue in the case, orC)  Considering the circumstances of the defendants conduct, personal andsocial background, and criminal history, is likely to achieve the objectiveof ensuring public safety through rehabilitation of the Veteran in a mannerprovided by Section 1.02(1), Penal Code.PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS   The VTC program is voluntary and normally (12) months in duration.  Thereare two tracks offered in the VTC program:Track 1 – Pretrial Diversion and Track 2 – Deferred Adjudication orregular Probation.There is a standard $1000 VTC Program Fee, which takes the place of all finesand costs.Compliance with probation conditions as well as treatment is mandatory.  TheDistrict Attorney has final approval for eligibility as well as Track 1and/or Track 2 offers.  All cases will be reviewed for acceptance on acase-by-case basis.Galveston County Veterans Treatment Court does not discriminate based oncolor, ethnicity, religion, sex, disability, or age, in the delivery ofservices.


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This program is supported by a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance provides grants to organizations serving Texas Veterans and their families.


If you believe you are a qualifying veteran and would like to apply to the VTC program, please contact any of the above VTC Staff.


Career Phase:
Discharges Allowed:
  • No Minimum Discharge
Military Branch:
Programs for Family Members:
Service Counties:
  • Galveston
Services Category:
  • Legal-Criminal and Vet Courts
VA Disability Rating Requirement:
  • Any Disability
Vet Plus: