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Originally published Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 1:49 PM

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Army boots off, Spokane judge returns to bench

Since returning late last year from Afghanistan, Spokane County District Court Judge Vance Peterson has been trying to readjust to civilian life.

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SPOKANE, Wash. —

Since returning late last year from Afghanistan, Spokane County District Court Judge Vance Peterson has been trying to readjust to civilian life.

The 60-year-old retired Green Beret and Washington Army National Guard lieutenant colonel says he thought he could take off his Army boots, put on his robe and go back to work. But he says he won't look at things the same again.

The Spokesman-Review reports ( http://is.gd/MP9XXd) Peterson is back on the bench serving eight months last year as a U.S. military adviser in Afghanistan.

The Washington State Bar Association is presenting Peterson with its annual Local Hero Award. Deputy Spokane County Prosecutor Tony Hazel, who served on the nominating committee, says Peterson and his tale of two careers was an easy choice.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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