Veteran Mentors work to ensure that every participating Veteran in the El Paso Veterans Court program is linked with a fellow Veteran who acts as a volunteer mentor, advocate and ally to help the participants successful readjustment to civilian life. Veteran Mentors act as coach, guide, role model, advocate and support for the Veteran participants. Mentors encourage, guide and support each participant through the court process. This includes listening to the concerns of each Veteran participant and making general suggestions, assisting with determining needs and acting as a support. Veteran Mentors must be a Veteran of one of the branches of the US Armed Forces, including the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard or their corresponding Reserve and Guard branches.
For information in becoming a Veteran Mentor, please contact Michael Flores, Mentor Coordinator, at 915-546-8150; or Bobby Chavez, Mentor Co-Coordinator, 915-240-3592.
Roberto Chavez, MS, LPC
Mr. Chavez a native El Pasoan, attended and graduated from Austin High School. In 1970 he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education/ Physical Education with a minor in Biology from University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). While at UTEP he was member of ROTC military science program in preparation on becoming an Army officer, and member of the military fraternity Pershing Rifles. He was also active in the Circle K International Men’s’ fraternity, an organization dedicated to assisting the El Paso community with civic and charitable events and projects. Upon graduation from UTEP he was commissioned as an Army Officer in the Transportation Corps (TC), stationed Ft. Eustis, VA completing the TC Officer Basic Course. After completion of the Basic Course he was assigned to the 66th Transportation Company, 53rd Transportation Battalion, Kaiserslautern, Germany as a Platoon Leader and the Company Operations Officer.