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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

 

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Charlotte Gomer, Press Secretary
Phone: (804)786-1022 
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ATTORNEY GENERAL HERRING PRAISES U.S. SENATE PASSAGE OF VETERAN TREATMENT COURT LEGISLATION

~ Legislation will help veterans in the criminal justice system get the treatment they need; Virginia is home to one of the largest veteran populations in the country ~

RICHMOND (December 18, 2019) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring issued the following statement praising the Senate’s passage of the Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act of 2019, which was cosponsored by Virginia Senator Tim Kaine. Attorney General Herring and a bipartisan coalition of 44 attorneys general urged the Senate to pass this kind of legislation to further support Veteran Treatment Courts. Hundreds of thousands of veterans call the Commonwealth home, especially in areas like Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia.

 

“Virginia is home to hundreds of thousands of veterans who have put their lives on the line to protect our country and our Commonwealth,” said Attorney General Herring. “These men and women have dedicated their lives to keeping us safe and they deserve the best treatment and resources available to help cope with the unique challenges that come with military service. I want to thank Senator Kaine and all the Senators who voted to pass this important legislation that will ensure veterans are given the proper treatment they need if they find themselves navigating the criminal justice system.”

 

Veteran Treatment Courts, similar to drug and mental health courts, are used for minor, non-violent offenses and pair veterans with mentors to address substance abuse and mental health issues. They also assist veterans with obtaining United States Veterans Administration benefits that can help them with treatment and employment. There are currently over 450 Veteran Treatment Courts in 40 states and territories.

 

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