Op-ed: Support Veterans Through Veteran's Treatment Courts

November 04, 2014

In courtrooms around California, including Santa Maria, many of our state’s veterans and military personnel are getting a vital second chance. Both our veterans and communities are benefiting.

I was honored to attend the recent graduation of eight men from the Santa Maria Veteran’s Treatment Court. These courts, in 20 counties of this state, are serving veterans who come through the criminal justice system and are suffering from conditions resulting from combat, including post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, traumatic brain injury and sexual trauma. These combat-induced conditions are at the root of the crime and self-destructive behaviors that have brought them into the justice system.