Circuit Judge Charles Romani Jr., an Army sergeant during the Vietnam War, began the Madison County veterans court in 2009, the Belleville News-Democrat
Its goal is to help veterans who face charges because of alcohol and drug problems related to their military service get back on track through intensive Department of Veterans Affairs counseling and aftercare programs. Other forms of assistance can include helping the veteran find a place to live or a job.
“These gentlemen have served,” said Madison County Circuit Judge Richard Tognarelli. “They offered to give their lives in defending our country. So I think they deserve that extra bit of care and treatment.”