VETERANS’ COURT GAVE CARL A SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE – HIS LEGAL AID ATTORNEY WAS WITH HIM EVERY STEP OF THE WAY

Like many young veterans, Carl came back from war with mental scars. Carl, 45, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). His condition affects every aspect of his daily life, even something as simply going to the library. While at the library in May 2011, Carl got into an argument with the security guard and was asked to leave. Before he knew what happened, the argument escalated, police were called and Carl ended up spending four days in the Municipal jail, instead of a Veteran’s hospital where he requested to go. Carl had an opportunity to meet with the Veterans’ Treatment Court judge, who told him about the Veterans’ Court program in which veterans can opt into services to avoid jail or fines, and ultimately have their cases dismissed. Carl agreed to participate.

Once in the program, Carl’s doctors adjusted his PTSD medication. Because of his previous attempts to self-medicate with alcohol, his program included substance abuse recovery groups. He also took part in compensated work therapy. Carl continued his therapy and even gained permanent part-time federal employment. Within nine months, Carl had met all the requirements and graduated from the program in February, 2012. Upon graduation, the cases for trespassing and assault were dismissed and his library privileges were reinstated. Carl was extremely appreciative of all the help that he received through the Veterans Treatment Court.

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