Los Angeles County court helps Veterans get help

There is a new courtroom in Los Angeles County – a Veterans Court, where vets who commit non violent felonies can go to get help for their problems instead of go to jail, reports the Whittier Daily News.

The court’s inception comes at a time when an increasing number of veterans are returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health problems that can lead to criminal behavior, said Pete Conaty, a state lobbyist for veterans groups.

The disorder can cause formerly law-abiding veterans to commit both violent and non-violent crimes, experts said.

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