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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Kentucky's first Veterans Treatment Court opened in Louisville Tuesday. It focuses on the unique needs of those who have served in the military.
Officials say Jefferson County has the largest veteran population in the Commonwealth. The program will likely serve 25 to 30 vets a year. They will be identified as they come into the justice system and then connected to the court.
As John D. Minton Jr., Chief Justice of Kentucky explains, "Our goal will be to use this grant for the specialized docket to direct the programs where they're needed to veterans who are in need of mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment for the various combat related problems that they bring back."
The court is funded by a three-year, $350,000 federal grant.