Veterans Courts Bill Goes Into Effect

During the 2014 legislative session, the Georgia General Assembly passed Senate Bill 320 which authorizes criminal courts to establish veterans courts divisions.  The General Assembly passed the bill to allow courts the opportunity to address the specialized needs of veterans that sometimes arise.  The bill was signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal in April and went into effect on July 1.

Court are not required to establish veterans court divisions.  However, those court systems that establish a veterans court division will probably find that these specialized division are better equipped to deal with the particular needs of veterans.  In particular, veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and depression as a result of their service will probably be treated more fairly in a veterans criminal court division than they would be in the general state criminal courts.

The bill does provide that veterans charged with certain particular crimes (murder, armed robbery, rape, and child molestation among others) will not generally be eligible to participate in the veterans court division in most circumstances.  The veterans court bill and a few other bills affecting veterans that were passed by the Georgia Legislature in 2014 are discussed in more detail in this article on the United State Army website.

What if I have more questions about my VA claim?

I understand you want your VA claim to be done as quickly as possible. But remember the ultimate goal – to win your VA disability compensation claim.

You may eventually get there on your own, but it may be after a series of decisions by the Regional Office and Board of Veterans Appeals. Sometimes claims are appealed and remanded several times, which can cause a claim to drag on for years. If you are interested in avoiding unnecessary delay in your claim and want to do everything you can to maximize your chances of success, it is probably a good idea for you to consult with an accredited veterans disability attorney.

We would be happy to talk to you. If you would like a free consultation with our Perkins Studdard veterans disability attorneys just click here or give us a call to begin the process.

Travis Studdard is an attorney who focuses on representing veterans in VA disability compensation claims.  He regularly writes about issues that are important to veterans and their families.
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