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Why I Serve in the Shelby County Veterans Treatment Court By Kevin Rardin

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”   - Rabindranath Tagore.


Assistant DA Kevin Rardin
Graduation Day At Shelby County Veterans Court

"The Veterans Court started in 2012 and so far they've graduated 106 participants and only one has been re-arrested. Proof the program is working."

Grant Allows Veterans Court to Double Enrollment

Ellen Abbott, the director of the Office of Criminal Justice Services for TDMHSAS and the author of the grant that secured the funds for Tennessee veterans, said that because of the expansion, the court will need more mentors.

New docket aims to help veterans rather than punish them

“These are people who were basically pillars of the community before they went to war. They didn’t have any issues. They were top of their class,” said Fairfax County General District Chief Judge Penney S. Azcarate.

Giving an Iraq vet a fighting chance

A FIGHTING CHANCE to make things right is what many veterans in trouble with the law say they want most. And in some cases, they're finding that chance in a special kind of courtroom.