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Court goes mobile to help homeless veterans

By Matthew Glowicki, Louisville Courier Journal

The cafeteria of the Salvation Army was abuzz. People moved through the room with trays of food in hand. Nearby, volunteers washed the feet of homeless men and women. Others sat and received a flu shot or an eye exam. It was the annual event for Louisville's homeless population that brought together the resources and help of dozens of organizations for a one-stop-shop experience, with medical care, housing aid and essential supplies.

Off in the corner, though, was something new. At a plastic folding table draped in a tablecloth, flanked by the flags of the United States and Kentucky, sat a man in a long black robe. Today, court was in session-- Jefferson District Judge Todd Hollenbach IV brought court to the people, and helped to resolve their low-level cases.

"These guys served our country. They have lost hope. They have lost faith in the system," said Shanna Davidson, veteran justice outreach specialist with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Louisville. "This is a way to show the veterans we're on the same team. We're coming to you. We're bringing a traditional court to a nontraditional setting. How comforting is that?"

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