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W.Va. Sen. Ryan Weld introduces Veterans Court Bill

By JOSELYN KING

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING, W.Va. — Senate Bill 40 establishes a Military Service Members Court program within the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, with the Supreme Court’s administrator charged with overseeing the program.

The measure calls for the establishment of two veterans courts by July 1, with two additional courts being added annually over each of the next four years. There would be 10 courts established by July 1, 2024 in the areas of the state “with the highest need,” according to the legislation.

The original bill introduced on Jan. 9 called for the establishment of a “Mental Health and Military Service Members Court.” But Weld, R-Brooke, said the scope of the measure has been narrowed to establish only a court for veterans.

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