Posted: Monday, August 15, 2016
By Michael Hewlett Winston-Salem Journal
Veterans facing minor criminal charges will have a second chance with Forsyth County’s new veterans treatment court that starts in October.
The court provides an opportunity for defendants who have served in the military to get treatment for a mental illness or a substance-abuse problem over a period of time. If they comply with treatment recommendations, prosecutors can voluntarily dismiss their criminal charges.
Brian Hahne, Director of Operations for VHVH states, ” Many veterans don’t have the safety net or support system to help them deal with the loss of a job or the collapse of a marriage. Some end up struggling with drug addiction. Unfortunately, for some, that leads them down to the justice system.”