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Organizers hope to open veterans court in Idaho

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ Court officials and veteran advocates are hoping to open a mental health court geared specifically to veterans and the challenges they face with addiction and mental illness.
The new court would operate much like Idaho's drug court system, which diverts offenders struggling with addiction to a separate court and treatment process.
Fourth District Judge Tim Hansen says a veterans court could be tailored to meet the specific needs of veterans suffering from
recurring yet treatable problems caused by post-traumatic stress
disorder.
The Idaho Statesman reports more than 1,600 people who were arrested and booked in Ada County last year served in the U.S.
military.
The Department of Defense estimates between 11 and 20 percent of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have mild to severe symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.


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