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Judge Larry Axelrood Presides Over Second Largest Veterans Court in the State of Illinois

Chicago, IL, November 09, 2011 --( For close to two years, Judge Larry G. Axelrood has presided over veterans court in the Skokie court house twice a month. This specialty court provides treatment alternatives to incarceration for military veterans who have been charged with nonviolent felony offenses. Since its inception, Judge Axelrood's veterans court has grown to become the second largest court of its kind in the state of Illinois.

Judge Axelrood works closely with the Veterans Administration to provide services to each veteran according to each individual person’s needs. Through the Veterans Administration, individuals receive treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, other mental health issues, substance abuse treatment, vocational training, military sexual trauma, and other issues. Judge Axelrood leads a team of lawyers, therapists, counselors, probation officers and treatment specialists in creating individual treatment programs to help the veterans overcome their problems and acquire the skills necessary to live a healthy, law abiding life. By using existing resources, veterans court delivers extraordinary services without additional expense.

"Our entire team has been thrilled by the progress of some of our vets,” stated Judge Axelrood. "Most of our vets served our country in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan. Many of these men and women enter the program feeling lost and alone. To see so many of them respond so well to the treatment provided by this special court program has been inspiring.”

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