Gov. Rick Perry visited San Antonio Wednesday to speak at a gala celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary's University-School of Law.
The research center was founded in 2003 to meet the growing need for legal issues related to terrorism and counter-terrorism.
Perry spoke to local officials and supporters of the center at La Fogata Mexican Restaurant. Perry said the center is the only one of its kind in the country.
"The legal side of warfare gets to be very gray and to have a center like this to help support young men and women who have been put in a very difficult situation to know this resource is available is a very comforting thing," Gov. Perry said.
Professor Jeff Addicott founded the center and remains its director.
Addicott has spent a quarter of his career as the senior legal advisor to the U.S. Army Special Forces and is an internationally recognized authority on national security, terrorism and human rights law.