By Jessica Debbas
EUGENE, Ore. — A group of veterans was applauded Tuesday morning for its persistence through Lane County’s Veterans Treatment Court.
The program started one year ago and is one of 88 in the country.
It provides veterans with substance abuse and mental health treatment, along with educational and employment resources.
In return, their charges can be dismissed.
“(We) decided that we would put them on their own dockets so they weren’t mixed in with all the other folks who are in drug court, and it’s really a recognition that veterans have, sometimes their own needs,” said Judge Cynthia Carlson.
Eight veterans were recognized in the opening ceremony.
All of them are different ages and from different sections of the military.