Veterans Court Approved For Smith County

Posted on Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Tyler Morning Telegraph Staff Writer

Smith County veterans will get a little help from their friends and supporters through a new court program aimed to help them maneuver through legal issues.

The county commissioners’ court approved the creation of a veterans court and related policies Tuesday in court.

A group of Smith County veterans, county officials and community leaders is working together to help former soldiers, many of whom suffer from post traumatic stress disorder, is behind the effort. It is designed to help veterans get the services they need when they find themselves in a courtroom for offenses such as driving while intoxicated, nonpayment of child support, or drug and alcohol-related offenses.

County Judge Joel Baker called the court “an outstanding project.” He said it was an accomplishment for all the veterans, judges, officials and veteran support groups who worked to create the court.

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