Golf outing to support Veterans Treatment Court

The 7th Annual LaLonde Charity Open to support the North Oakland and Macomb County Veterans Treatment Courts will take place Sunday, July 23 at Pine Knob Golf Club, located at 5580 Waldon Road in Clarkston. The Veterans Treatment Court is a structured two-year alternative to jail for returning United States veterans who are struggling to assimilate back into society after proudly serving their country. Last year $140,000 was raised.

“Twenty-two veterans commit suicide every day,” said Rich LaLonde, president of Summit Place Kia and key sponsor of the event.  “Veteran Treatment Courts save lives.”

Dave LaLonde, vice president of Auto Credit Express and a Desert Storm Army veteran, agrees with his brother, Rich.

“There are thousands of U.S. veterans trying to fit back into civilian life after returning from active duty,” said Dave LaLonde. “Too many have caught the attention of local law enforcement for using alcohol or drugs in an effort to cope with the demons that are haunting them. The Veterans Treatment Court is a successful alternative to just throwing these struggling veterans in jail.”

The treatment court also is dear to the heart of Pat Kittle, Independence Township supervisor and president of the Friends of the North Oakland County Veterans Treatment Court.

“My son David was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army after serving 5 years in Afghanistan and Iraq,” said Kittle. “David took his life after losing a five-year battle with his own demons of war. I believe my son would be alive today if the Veterans Treatment Court was available when he was struggling.”

For additional information on the outing, visit To learn more about the North Oakland County Veterans Treatment Court, visit NOCVTC.COM.