Nine Graduate from Davidson County Veterans Court

May 11, 2017
Nine people graduated from Davidson County Veterans Court and were celebrated on Monday, May 8, 2017.
General Sessions Judge Melissa Blackburn presided over the ceremony, and also presides over the court. Brigadier General Eden J. Murrie, United States Air Force, (Ret.) gave remarks.

Across the United States, Veterans Treatment specialty courts are working to meet the specific needs of the men and women who have served our country and returned with challenges as a result of their experiences in difficult circumstances. Through a structured program administered by the court, eligible veterans can find stability and new purpose to be a contributor to the community. Benefits offered to assist veterans include mental health evaluation, alcohol/substance abuse assistance and supervision by client specialists assigned to work on their particular needs.

Growing numbers of veterans returning from service face specific mental challenges as a result of fighting to defend our nation in an evolving and dangerous world. When we consider their unique condition, innovations in the methods by which we work to return them to full participation in society are crucial. The Davidson County Veterans Court is employing those methods to give veterans a new chance at a stable and productive life.

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(from left to right) Metro Council Member Sharon W. Hurt, Executive Director of Operation Stand Down Tennessee John Krenson, Brigadier General Eden J. Murrie, (Ret.) Veterans' Court, Graduate Ronnie Buggs, and General Sessions Judge Melissa Blackburn.