Sandra K Reabuck
President Judge Timothy Creany has been named Veteran of the Year for 2012 by Veteran Community Initiatives for his leadership in developing the Cambria County veterans court.
The award was presented to Creany on Friday by Thomas Caulfield, director of the initiatives program, at a news conference where Creany and District Attorney Kelly Callihan announced details of a new court program.
Creany is a Marine Corps veteran, having served from 1969 to 1972 during the Vietnam War. He was discharged with the rank of captain. He had been attending Dickinson Law School when he entered the Marines.
In accepting the award, the judge said that he had worked on setting up the veterans court as a way of paying back for all he had learned and received from having served in the Marines.
Creany, who had been in private practice after graduating from law school, later became district attorney. He was appointed a judge in July 1992 and then was elected to the position. He became president judge in 2010 after the retirement of Judge Gerard Long.
State Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery, who was unable to attend the conference, sent congratulations to Creany and local officials for setting up the new court. McCaffery said that it is the 15th veterans court to be established in Pennsylvania counties.
Caulfield and Veteran Community Initiatives were part of the study group that worked with Creany and Callihan on the new veterans court.
Caulfield is seeking veterans who would be willing to be volunteer aspeer mentors who would provide support for veterans accepted into the vets court program.
Two training classes already have been scheduled for the volunteer mentors. They will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Thursday.
Those seeking additional information may call Caulfield at 255-7209.