On April 7, Texas Congress members, attorneys, and officials from VA and a local mental health facility participated in a ceremony inaugurating a new Veterans court for the county.
Judge Brent Carr will preside over the court. It will give treatment for Veterans who have mental problems that contributed to the nonviolent crimes – such as drug and theft charges – that they have been charged with. The criminal charges will be dropped upon successful completion of the program. A veteran must have a diagnosis of PTSD or a brain injury to be eligible – and also pass a vetting process that assesses motivation.
Senator Wendy Davis sponsored legislation that created the court. Funding for the court is provided by a Governor’s Office grant and from the county.
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