By Constable Bruce Elfant
"Tell me about your military service," Travis County Judge Michael Denton asks Joe, a 30 year old who was charged with criminal trespass and assault. Joe told the Judge that he served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. His unit was responsible for deploying Navy Seals and retrieving them from their assignments. Joe was the first Veteran to participate in a dry run of the newly formed Travis County Veteran's Court that will hear mostly misdemeanor cases involving Veterans who have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury or other similar illnesses resulting from their service in the armed forces.