Friday, July 12, 2013

Veterans Trauma Court helps veterans

New St. Joseph County court will help veterans
By Kristin Bien
July 12, 2013

WSBT-TV— The St. Joseph County court system will soon have a way to help veterans charged with non violent crimes who are struggling with addiction or mental illness -- often the effects of post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Veterans Court will help those veterans get their lives back on track.

The idea is to help vets -- many who are struggling to deal with the lingering effects of war -- become successful members of society.

"Veterans Trauma Court has shown me that there is a light at the end of this tunnel and that I still have purpose." those are the words of a veteran who successfully completed Veterans Court in Colorado Springs. His speech at a National Association of Drug Court Professionals meeting is featured in a video on Youtube. "This court has saved my life, my family and my faith," the vet says. The hope is, his story will soon ring true in St. Joseph County as well.
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