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Floyd County

April 11, 2013

Veterans Court honors first graduate

Floyd County hosts special court suited to service members



After the ceremony, Granger said she was proud to have the opportunity to congratulate the unique court’s first graduate.

“It is just a very special day. It is very special to me,” she said. “This is a labor of love for me. It means a lot. I spend a lot of my time and energy working with the court and working with the participants, working with the team. It is just very special.”

The team of volunteer mentors and the court staff who makes Veterans Court possible in Floyd County were also commended during the ceremony. Those who filled the courtroom during the graduation included officers with New Albany Police Department and Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, court officials from Clark and Floyd counties and a few of Jones’ fellow servicemen.

During the ceremony, Granger provided Jones with a certificate of achievement and gave her a medallion embossed with the insignia of Veterans Court of Southern Indiana.

“She is an excellent candidate for the program,” Granger said of Jones. “We saw her make significant strides from where she started to today. That tells me that she is on her way to a life that is going to be productive for her, and it’s going to get her back on track.”

Granger said there six veterans going through the court, and that she anticipates the court will graduate about four veterans each year.

“Some will stay in the program for as little as 12 months. Some may stay for 18 months. Some may stay longer depending on their needs,” she said.

Granger said she hopes that the Veterans Court program will grow and become inclusive of surrounding areas.

Jones said she is thankful to Granger and the others who have made the Veterans Court in Floyd County an option for veterans who find themselves facing criminal charges.

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