If Carlos Melendez has mental problems, that's news to him. Sitting on a wooden bench outside State District Judge Mike Snipes' courtroom, the 20-year Air Force veteran can't explain why exactly he was accepted as an inaugural member of Dallas County's veterans court—the latest so-called "specialty" court aimed at preventing recidivism and relieving pressure... More >>>
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Diagnosed with PTSD after returning last year from his second deployment to Iraq, Army Sergeant Aaron Dillon is now mentoring the veterans court's most troubled case: 22-year-old Eric Marquez, who's failed three drug tests. "I think he needs a lot of guidance and a lot of help," Dillon says.