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Federal Court in Pittsburgh to Open Vet's Court

The Department of Justice says it is partnering with the Veterans Administration to create a new system for veterans who are facing criminal charges.

U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton says in a release Wednesday that veterans are increasingly finding themselves entangled in the criminal justice system due to mental health and substance dependency issues related to their military service.

The program will also provide treatment options through the Veterans Administration in Pittsburgh.

A District Court Judge will approve entry into the program, and community volunteers will also provide support services.

Authorities say the goal is to ensure that qualified veterans receive the help they need to reintegrate into society.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.