Belmont County may start a Veterans Court

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It would be similar to Drug Court, in that it would help people convicted of crimes who are also struggling with a unique set of issues.

Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato says veterans have their own specialized needs and problems, and just putting them in jail doesn’t address their underlying issues.

He says Veterans Court could offer them help.

“I think primarily it would include treatment and care,” said Judge Fregiato. “With violations occurring, with sanctions occurring, it could be partially incarceration, it could be all kind of things. But the primary focus I think will be on the psychological care of the individual.”

The judge says they may or may not decide to do this.

He says he doesn’t know if it’s a huge problem here, because veterans don’t tend to bring up their service record when they’re in court.

He plans to meet with state supreme court judges in August, to learn more about the program.

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