HARRISBURG – Legislation promoting Veterans Courts in PA has been presented to the Governor for consideration. Senate Bill 76 would place Veterans Courts into state law, encourage counties to partner on Regional Veterans Courts, and provide an option for a ‘Veterans Track’ within a county’s problem-solving court. The bill received a unanimous vote from both the state Senate and House. Under the system, veterans come before judges on a regular basis and receive mentorship from fellow veterans. They are also supervised by specialized probation officers and receive treatment and support from the Veterans Administration to address underlying problems often caused by post-traumatic stress injuries. Veterans Courts have seen great success with extremely low recidivism rates in PA and across the nation. The first Veterans Court in the Commonwealth was established in Lackawanna County in 2009. Currently, 42 of the state’s 67 counties do not have a Veterans Court.