Breaking the Cycle
Veterans Courts are now filling a need that previously would have been dealt with in quite a different setting. With many of our nation’s Veterans suffering the effects of having served and seen combat, the ways these Veterans process and react to these stressors vary. Often times, coping involves drug or alcohol abuse. Homelessness among Veterans and non-violent crime among Veterans has increased, which has given rise to a new judicial system to deal with these offenders.
Through a joint venture between the VA and county Superior Courts, District Attorney's Offices, and Public Defender's Offices, Veterans Courts are now trying to shift veterans away from prison by providing treatment instead. Also known as a Veterans Treatment Court, the emphasis is on problem-solving vs. punitive treatment.
Veterans Courts promote sobriety, recovery, and stability, thereby offering a hand-up to those who have served and sacrificed.