On Nov. 12, 2012, Collin County District Court Judge John R. Roach Jr. will ask the Collin County Commissioners’ Court to approve the creation of the Collin County Veterans’ Court.

Veterans’ Courts are being implemented throughout the country. These Courts provide a team-based approach to assist veterans who have severe combat injuries that are directly related to the reason they are arrested. The Texas Legislature has set out parameters for establishing Veterans’ Courts throughout Texas as well as eligibility of veterans who may participate in the program.  Collin County is the largest County in Texas without a Veterans’ Court.  Judge Roach and District Attorney Greg Willis, in collaboration with the Veterans’ Administration and Collin County Veterans’ Service Officers, will work toward ensuring that qualifying veterans receive VA mental health, substance abuse and other services and benefits as appropriate while being accountable for their own actions.

“On this Veterans’ Day, we honor those veterans who have served and who are serving our country as members of the United States Military. One way of honoring them is to create programs that benefit them and provide the necessary tools they need to be as successful in their civilian lives as they were or are in their military lives,” says Judge John Roach, Jr., who will become the Veterans’ Court judge if approved. Veterans’ Day is Sunday, November 11, 2012.

The creation of the Collin County Veterans’ Court will need the support of the Collin County Commissioners’ Court. The Commissioners’ Court will meet on November 12, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. to vote on the creation of the Veterans’ Court. The meeting will be held at the Jack Hatchell Collin County Administration Building, 2300 Bloomdale Road in McKinney.