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April 11, 2013

Veterans Court honors first graduate

Floyd County hosts special court suited to service members



Jones said she had never been in trouble with the law before, so she still wasn’t sure what would have been in store for her had she not been taken into Granger’s Veterans Court.

“Just by seeing the papers of the all the fees and you got to do this and you got to do so many jail days, it definitely wasn’t something I wanted to do or was looking forward to doing,” Jones said of the conventional route taken by civilian offenders. “I was scared to death.”

Through the Veterans Court — which Jones said she was not expecting to be involved in — she worked with four different mentors, all of whom have histories in the military.

“Of all people, they know the struggles, and they understand the obstacles you face when you come home,” she said. “Anything you wanted to talk about, they would talk to you about or give you their advice or point of view.”

The court provided resources to Jones to help her prevent situations like the one that led to her arrest and battery charge.

“I am learning a lot,” Jones said. “In my case, mine was more mental rather than drug related. So, part of my treatment was anger management and to go see a psychiatrist.”

Jones said she was underwent 10 anger management classes as an offender in Veterans Court.

“You just learn how to handle things differently,” Jones said. “One of the main things I learned was that you have to turn off that survival mode. There are things that you can’t control. Things that are beyond your control.”

Granger and others initially got behind Veterans Court, which was established in January 2012, to help service members who have experienced the disorientation felt by Jones.

She said that Veterans Court has become to be known as “the court that cares.”

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