Ga. jail to open special unit for veterans

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) -- A new dormitory is being opened at a county jail in west Georgia for inmates who are military veterans.

Officials say veterans in the dorm will have access to a variety of community services, such as a treatment program for post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports ( that Muscogee County sheriff's officials announced the opening of the new jail unit for veterans on Monday.

Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr said the dorm can house 16 veterans. Darr said it is the only program of its kind in a county jail. The jail in Columbus is near Fort Benning and in a metro area that's home to many veterans.

Jail officials are partnering with community agencies to offer mental health counseling and assistance with housing options for previously incarcerated veterans.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

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