Madison County Court for Veterans Marks First Graduate
County is fifth in Indiana to flag veterans for special help through courts
A Madison County court geared specifically to veterans is celebrating its first graduate.
Madison County is the fifth in Indiana to dedicate a special court for veterans, emphasizing treatment over punishment. Circuit Judge Thomas Clem opened the court in July. He says veterans have far more brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder than the general population, especially those who have served since 9/11. And Clem says the array of programs available through the Department of Veterans Affairs gives the county more tools for getting veterans the help they need, from anger management to substance-abuse treatment.
Clem says about 20 veterans are in Madison County's program. Floyd, Grant, Porter and Vanderburgh Counties have also established veterans' courts. At least five other counties are in the planning stages.