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New Hampshire opens first criminal court for vets

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By LYNNE TUOHY
Associated Press

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's governor and top judicial and military officials gathered to dedicate the state's first court designed to handle the criminal cases of military veterans.

Located in Nashua, the court will focus intensive treatment to address the substance abuse, trauma and anger management issues that often drive veterans' crimes.

Major General William Reddel - adjutant general of the New Hampshire National Guard - said the court is not about providing a get-out-of-jail-free card. He said it's about fixing the problems behind the crimes.

Chief Justice Linda Dalianis said the court is a tribute to the valor and sacrifice of veterans. She said she hopes it will be a place where troubles turn into triumph.

The court begins hearing cases in August.

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