Memorial Day, A Time To Pay Tribute
On Monday, Memorial Day, we take time to recognize the tremendous sacrifices that members of our Armed Forces have made in service to our country.
More than 35,000 Californians will return from combat every year for the next few years. Many face enormous challenges as they re-enter civilian life.
A groundbreaking California law, designed to give our most traumatized soldiers a chance to overcome the wounds of war, allows courts to steer defendants into highly demanding treatment programs instead of into jail. The goal is to break the cycle of crime early, by addressing the psychological scars of war that go unseen and need healing.
Defendants must be diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse issues, or other conditions, and veterans who commit very serious crimes are ineligible.
I am the author of Senate Bill 1110, listed among the top 10 veterans bills now moving through the Legislature by AMVETS, Vietnam Veterans of America and other veterans groups. This bill would save taxpayer money and prevent unnecessary incarceration by ensuring that the military and veterans status of defendants is voluntarily identified at the first stage of the court process, so that more may know they are eligible for this law. It's vitally important that we help those who have been in battle and return home changed.
CONSERVE WATER: Memorial Day is also thought of as the start of summer, our traditional dry season. If we all conserve water during this significant drought, I know we can make a tremendous difference. Here are some tips on conserving water.
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Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
State Senator, 19th Senate District