NH opens first criminal court for veterans

July 10, 2014, 7:03 am
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NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's governor and chief justice will be among the speakers at opening ceremonies for the state's first court to handle the cases of military veterans charged with crimes.
    
The ceremony will be held at Nashua District Court Thursday.
    
Judge James Leahy will host the events and preside over the court's cases as part of the Veterans Behavioral Health Track.
    
Gov. Maggie Hassan and Chief Justice Linda Dalianis will attend the ceremonies.
    
Nashua District Court in 2006 was home to the Judicial Branch's first mental health court.
    
Veterans' advocates say veterans often experience anger management issues, substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder - any of which can drive crimes by veterans.
    
The opening ceremonies begin at 1 p.m.

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