Since state lawmakers passed legislation in 2009 allowing their creation, numerous Texas counties have set up special courts to help military veterans avoid time behind bars and come to terms with the psychological trauma of their combat experiences. Veterans courts divert veterans toward counseling and treatment, and in a few short years they have been credited with turning around the lives of hundreds of Texas veterans.
Harris County established the first veterans court in Texas, in 2009. Travis, Bexar, Tarrant, Dallas, El Paso and a few other counties soon followed. On Tuesday, Hays County commissioners agreed to establish a specialty court next year for veterans charged with misdemeanors in Hays County. Williamson County commissioners approved the creation of its own veterans court in September.
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