Veterans Court gives Shelby County veterans 2nd chance

Veterans Court gives Shelby County veterans 2nd chance

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Congratulations are in order for 10 men and woman who graduated Wednesday from the veterans court program.

The program has given hundreds of veterans facing criminal charges a second lease on life.

Started in 2012, the program helps veterans get out of the jail system and rehabilitates them with the goal of returning them back to civilian life.

“This was a ‘hey I am in trouble but there’s a way out’, and it inspires me to watch people pick themselves up,” said David Dunning, Memphis VA Medical Center director.

“Many of our ways of giving back to those who went and did the betting that I didn’t have to do,” said Judge Bill Anderson. “I don’t have to go to work so it’s my way of saying thank you.”

Plans are in the works now to expand this program further into Dyersburg as well as Oxford, Mississippi.

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