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The veterans treatment court in Washington County held a graduation for its second graduate of the program last week.

On Thursday, Oct. 3, Frank Damato became the second person to graduate from the program, following his final hearing before Washington County Circuit Court Judge Charles Bailey.

Several counties in Oregon have veterans treatment court programs, which are built on drug court and mental health court models, according to Washington County District Attorney Kevin Barton. The program admits veterans who can show a relationship between their service and their criminal conduct. The intent is to help veterans dealing with issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or substance abuse avoid typical legal penalties by closely monitoring them and connecting them to housing and treatment services.

Look for the full story in Wednesday's edition of the News-Times.




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