HARRISBURG – Legislation promoting Veterans Courts has been signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf as Act 111 of 2020. As a result of the enactment of Senate Bill 976, counties are encouraged to partner on Regional Veterans Courts, and provide an option for a ‘Veterans Track’ within a county’s problem-solving court. The measure received a unanimous vote from both the state Senate and House. As part of 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. These courts have seen great success with extremely low recidivism rates here in PA and across the nation. PA’s first Veterans Court was established in Lackawanna County in 2009. Since then, 24 additional counties have created these special courts. Currently, 42 of the state’s 67 counties do not have a Veterans Court.