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.”

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