A new program specifically designed to help military veterans change the behaviors that led to their arrest will soon be up and running in Sangamon County.

The veterans treatment court will help veterans address substance abuse problems, post-traumatic stress and any other issue that caused them to run afoul of the law. The court also would, if necessary, help the veterans find jobs and housing.

Sangamon County State’s Attorney John Milhiser said officials have been monitoring the local jail population for veterans and have already identified some former service members who could benefit from the program.

“This is a segment of the population that has earned the right to have us do everything we can to help them. That’s exactly what we’re going to do,” Milhiser said.

The drug court will be open to honorably discharged veterans accused of probationary offenses. That would include charges such as driving under the influence, theft and battery cases.

Read more at: https://www.sj-r.com/story/news/crime/2017/11/05/sangamon-county-to-start-veterans/17288146007/

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