Gary Helle, MSW, LCSW, BCD is a Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist (VJO) with the Department of Veterans Affairs, John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO. He is responsible for outreach to 23 counties in Southeast Missouri, and 5 counties in Northeast Arkansas. He is currently working with 2 veterans courts; The Southeast Missouri Veterans Court located in Poplar Bluff, MO, and the Eastern District of Missouri US Veterans Court in Cape Girardeau, MO. Both of these courts are unique in their rural coverage. Prior to working for the VA, he was employed for the Missouri Department of Social Services. He has over 18 years working with the courts through child protective services and in his role as a VJO. In 2001 and 2002, he trained with the 33rd Judicial Circuit in Southeast Missouri in their family treatment court initiative. He holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Missouri and a Bachelors Degree from Southeast Missouri State University. He is an adjunct instructor with the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology at Southeast Missouri State University. Gary is in his second term as a board member with the Missouri Association of Treatment court Professionals.