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Veterans Court One Year Later

It’s been one year since Cambria County started its Veterans Court Program, and officials said it’s a success.

EBENSBURG, CAMBRIA COUNTY--- It’s been one year since Cambria County started its Veterans Court Program, and officials said it’s a success.

“We don’t see this type of dedication from other defendants,” said Chief Deputy Scott Lilly, Cambria County District Attorney.  “It’s less about getting a conviction and more about getting this people the help they need.”

Veterans Court is a tough program geared towards helping veterans or active military personnel with minor offenses get a second chance.  They have a strict curriculum they have to obey by.

‘Many come in with problems and pull through making big changes in their lives,” said Lilly.  “This is a program we have seen grown this past year.”

On Monday it was review day where the courts met with the veterans in the program.  There are 37 enrolled and 10 have graduated in the past year.

‘In one year it has been a huge success especially for the defendants,” said Chief Public Defender Ryan Gleason.  ‘They do better than when they first begin and it helps resolve their cases.”

For more information on the Veterans Court Program you can call the district attorney’s office at 814-472-1680.

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