SW Ohio county's new veterans court offers help

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A new veterans court in one of southwest Ohio's largest counties aims to help and support offenders who have served in the military.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/IkxjcH ) reports the Montgomery County effort is one of about a dozen specialty courts or dockets in Ohio that are set up to target veterans. Nine more courts around the state are awaiting certification for such efforts.

The programs provide intervention and resources to help veterans address problems that may have contributed to their crimes, such as alcohol or drug use, mental health concerns and post-traumatic stress disorder. Officials also can link participants to job training, benefits and housing services.

The Dayton veterans court kicked off this month with eight defendants. The presiding judge, Dennis Adkins, started by thanking them for their service.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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