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Lehigh County D.A. Jim Martin seeks vets for mentor program

Published On: Feb 21 2014 10:55:45 AM CST
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

The Lehigh County District Attorney's Office is looking for a few good men and women to serve as mentors.

The D.A.'s office is in need of veterans who would like to volunteer to help other vets charged with nonviolent offenses.

It's part of a mentor program that was created in 2011.

The mentors will receive four hours of training. They'll go on to help other veterans find jobs, further their education, obtain housing, stay drug and alcohol free and comply with conditions of bail, house arrest or probation. The mentors will also help the mentees access veterans' benefits.

“The program has been a tremendous success because of the dedication and compassion of veterans who volunteer their time and talents to help other veterans,” said District Attorney Jim Martin.

“The mentors have helped veterans’ entire families because when a veteran who is a defendant is helped, that aids the spouse, children, parents and siblings of the veteran.”

Since its creation, the program has trained 29 mentors.

If you are a veteran interested in the mentor program, you can apply by going to the Lehigh County web site. Click on the "elected officials" tab, then "District Attorney's Office" to find the application