“Our freedom is not free. There is a price to pay, and some veterans pay with the remaining parts of their lives.”
–Vietnam War veteran, Altorlee Stokes, Jr.
District Attorney Tim Harris is dedicated to the success of the Veterans Treament Court’ s success. He notes of veterans:
“They literally put their lives on the line for us. Once they come into the criminal justice system, they deserve to be looked at in a different way. We want to bring justice and hope to turn their lives around. We want to show some appreciation for what they’ve done.”
The veterans court was created in December of 2008, after Smith observed a similar court in Buffalo, N.Y. and became convinced of its effectiveness.
Smith said “If you have a veteran, and that person can look to the left and the right and see participants who have been through the same experiences, it makes a difference in how that person feels and progresses in the program.”
Common underlying factors are post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury related to combat. Continue reading 'Court’s Mission- Helping Suffering Veterans'»