Veterans Court in downtown Tampa held it's first formal hearing Thursday afternoon.
The court is presided by Judge Richard Weis, and is part of the 13th judicial state circuit.
There are a few other counties who established similar courts, but Hillsborough County is still among one of the first in the state.
Pinellas County has a drug court designed for veterans as well.
Judge Richard Weis was able to establish the court after several months of trying to get a dedicated court for military veterans set up.
It's designed to rehabilitate and remediate veterans who have committed misdemeanors through a 12 month program.
Judge Richard Weis told ABC Action news that veterans in his court don't get preferential treatment, in fact he says, they have to sign a pledge to be dedicated to the program.
If they complete it, and the court feels the program has been successfully completed, the person will see their misdemeanors get dropped.
Most often seen are misdemeanors like theft, or battery.
Dale Cage is one of the first graduates of the program in Hillsborough County.
He was charged with domestic battery after the Iraq War he says, after suffering from one of the many men and women he sees coming back.
"Ever since I've been back from Iraq, dealing with depression, PTSD, neuropathy, multiple problems I've had with medical and everything," Cage says.
But he sees the court as a way to get out of what he sees in other veterans.
"They end up in jail, or they end up worse with death, or something to deal with their families," he said.
And the fact Judge Weis is a Lieutenant Colonel himself in the military and is willing to give back to his own, he sees as a big plus to the program.
"I'm very thankful that he stepped up to the plate and is an advocate for us," Cage says.
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