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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A specialized court for criminal cases involving military veterans is expanding in Delaware.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports Monday that Sussex County is establishing a veterans' court later this month, bringing the concept to all three Delaware counties.

The courts provide veteran mentors and access to health and other services. Defendants' charges are deferred during the program; those who successfully complete their treatment plans have their charges dismissed.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin and Rep. Chris Van Hollen are lauding a Montgomery County program that teaches veteran-owned businesses how to get federal contracts.

The event Monday in Rockville recognizes the Veteran Institute for Procurement.

The three-day program is sponsored by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation. The foundation recently received a $900,000 federal grant to expand it.

The program has trained nearly 350 people from 29 states.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is creating a new workforce development initiative with a focus on helping military veterans find jobs.

McAuliffe signed an executive order Wednesday creating the new initiative, which will be led by Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones.

The governor plans to ask 10,000 businesses to sign commitments for hiring veterans.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is set to sign legislation aimed at helping members of the military obtain occupational permits and licenses.

The bill to be signed Monday allows professional licensing boards to recognize military education, training and experience when reviewing credentials and issuing occupational licenses.

The bill also is designed to help service personnel and their spouses in obtaining or renewing professional licenses when transitioning from active duty.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown says he would exempt military retirement income from state income taxes for the majority of veterans.

Brown, Maryland's Democratic nominee for governor and a 30-year Army veteran, spoke at an American Legion Convention in Ocean City on Thursday.

Brown has proposed what he calls a Compact with Maryland Veterans.

It includes creating a program to help veterans find jobs and creating a treatment court for veterans with mental health and addiction-related problems.

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Sussex County will be getting a facility to help the growing number of female veterans who are homeless.

Home of the Brave is set to sign an agreement with God’s Way To Recovery for a home on Causey Avenue in Milford.

Work on the three-story house is just about done and is expected to provide accommodations up to eight female vets.

Roger Wood, who founded God’s Way To Recovery, says that the structure once housed homeless men.

But he says they have gotten jobs and have moved out.

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There’s a new organization in Wicomico County that’s hiring veterans who can develop their skills in the construction industry.

It’s called Delmarva Veteran Builders led by its president Chris Eccleston, a veteran himself.

He told WBOC that the first big job the firm got is the redevelopment of the State’s Attorney’s Office and Child Advocacy Center in downtown Salisbury.

Eccleston says he hopes the project will put the company on the map…and he adding within 5 years he would like DVB to become a multi-million construction company serving the Delmarva region.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Sussex County is making getting married a little less expensive for active duty military members and veterans of the armed forces.

The Sussex County Council voted Tuesday to make marriage and civil union licenses free members of the military and veterans. The licenses will be free regardless of where the person lives.

The vote doesn't change fees for everyone else. Delaware residents have to pay $50 and nonresidents $100. The ordinance making the licenses free for military members goes into effect Jan. 1, 2013.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Jack Markell says he will sign a bill giving tax credits to those who hire veterans.

The governor's office says the Veteran's Tax Credit will be 10 percent of a qualified veteran's wages, up to a maximum of $1,500. Employers may take the credit the year a veteran is hired and the two subsequent tax years.