Veterans treatment court in works for county

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Rutherford County is laying the groundwork for a Veterans Treatment Court to provide services for former members of the U.S. armed forces who get caught up in the court system.

With some 21,000 veterans residing in Rutherford and more likely to move here for job opportunities or to seek care at York VA Medical Center, Deputy Mayor Jeff Davidson believes it is important to connect them with local organizations that can offer solutions if they run afoul of the law.

Davidson tells Murfreesboro Post contributor Sam Stockard whether treatment is needed for post-traumatic stress syndrome, mental health or alcohol or substance abuse, veterans need to solve the "root cause" of their problems in order to stay out of jail and lead productive lives, sai

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General Sessions Court Judge Ben Hall McFarlin, a retired major in the U.S. Army Reserve, has agreed to preside over the court, which could start early in 2015.

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