NC's First Veterans' Treatment Court Opens In Harnett County

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LILLINGTON, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says a new courtroom committed to helping some struggling veterans will assist those who sacrificed for their country get their lives turned around when they come home.

McCrory and other dignitaries attended the opening ceremony Wednesday at the Harnett County courthouse for North Carolina's first veterans' treatment court.

The courtroom will handle sentencing for local honorably discharged veterans found guilty of certain misdemeanors or low-level felonies and who may have substance abuse or mental health problems. Defendants will be assessed for possible government services and get mentored by older veterans.

Completion of the court program could result in reduced or dismissed charges.

The court will hear cases starting next week. The court opened thanks to a grant distributed through the Governor's Crime Commission.