Special Veterans Court – Tarrant County, TX

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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