Shelby County court looks to assist troubled vets

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Shelby County has formed a veterans court to keep veterans from ending up in jail by providing them with mentors and getting them enrolled in treatment programs.

WPTY-TV reported ( ) Judge Bill Anderson has begun presiding over the court this month with the goal of getting veterans who have been in trouble on a program that can help them treat underlying issues of substance abuse, stress or psychological problems.

Anderson said the goal is to put the veterans on probation and into treatment programs and reduce the recidivism rate. The court is seeking more veterans to be mentors particularly from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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