Veterans Treatment Courts
When U.S. service members return home from war zones, many suffer from post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injuries as well as anxiety and depression. They often need professional help, but too many turn to alcohol and drugs to cope. Increasing numbers of veterans have found themselves on the wrong side of the law after a downward spiral fueled by substance abuse. But there's hope. Across the country, more judges are putting offenders through veterans treatment courts instead of handing out prison sentences. Diane and her guests discuss how these new court programs are changing the lives of returning soldiers and their families.
retired U.S. army four-star general, and former director of the office of National Drug Control Policy
communications director, Justice for Vets, a division of The National Association of Drug Court Professionals.
judicial assessment specialist who works with veterans treatment courts in Rochester, N.Y.; he served in the Marine Corps in Iraq and Afghanistan.
founder and president of "Give an Hour," a non-profit organization that provides free mental health care services to veterans and their families affected by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; PhD., clinical psychologist.