By Associated Press - Thursday, November 13, 2014

LILLINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Gov. Pat McCrory plans to expand the state’s veterans’ treatment court.

McCrory’s announcement comes as the first class graduated from the program Wednesday, The News & Observer of Raleigh ( reported.

It helps veterans avoid convictions by getting help for underlying problems that sent them to court. The vets are paired with a veteran who meets with them weekly and keeps them on track in rehabilitation.

The court started in Harnett County last year using a grant of more than $65,000 from the Governor’s Crime Commission.

A similar program starts Thursday in Cumberland County.

“We want to give our veterans a second chance and help them when they come back home - even if they get in trouble, because they’re dealing with things we can’t imagine,” McCrory said at the graduation.

McCrory says he wants to make North Carolina more veteran friendly so military personnel will stay after they leave the service. North Carolina’s population of 800,000 veterans is attractive to businesses, he said.


Information from: The News & Observer,

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