On September 22, 2023 the Honorable Robert E. Belanger took the bench his final time in St. Lucie County Veterans Treatment Court. He will be retiring in October, but not before leaving a legacy behind for assisting his fellow veterans and those throughout the community. In August of 2014, Judge Belanger implemented the St. Lucie County Veterans Treatment Court and has presided over it ever since. To date, 157 veterans have entered the program and 111 have successfully graduated. He spent the last nine years upholding justice while advocating for the success of each participant. He was presented with an award, a certificate and a challenge coin while many team members spoke words of appreciation for all he has done in making the program such a success.