Hamilton County Felony Veterans’ Treatment Court helps give veterans a second chance

Posted at 6:32 AM, Oct 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 08:24:45-04

CINCINNATI — Hamilton County Felony Veterans’ Treatment Court isn't your usual court; it's a two-year program designed to help military veterans who are homeless, struggling with addiction or facing a conviction.

The program has helped numerous vets in the past, and Mickey Harlow is one of the latest graduates from the program.

After Harlow served in the Marines, he became hooked on opioids after he was in a car crash.

Harlow's addiction is all too common nowadays. Hamilton County Judge Ethna Cooper runs the program, and she said she has seen an increase in the number of people who are arrested for substance abuse since the start of the pandemic.

Now, Harlow hopes his success story inspires others to not give up hope.

"(I) knew when I entered this program, I was going to give it my all," Harlow said. "I've got kids I wanted to get back to, and it was will power to tell you the truth. You got to want it.”