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Sunday, September 25, 2022

It is a critical time to turn the tide for millions of post 9/11 veterans, advocates say, as many struggle to put the Iraq War and the Afghanistan War behind them.



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...In an alarming statistic, roughly one-third of U.S. military veterans say they have been arrested and jailed at least once in their lives, compared to fewer than one-fifth of civilians, a report released last month by the Council on Criminal Justice found. The nonpartisan think tank cited service-related trauma, including PTSD, and substance abuse issues as some of the driving factors.

Now, advocates say, a unique, new Minnesota law may turn the tide at a critical point for millions of post-9/11 veterans, as many struggle to put the Iraq War and the Afghanistan War, the nation's longest war, behind them.

Last August, Minnesota became the first state to allow veterans with service-related trauma to avoid serving time for certain crimes, while ensuring a conviction does not stain their record.

The Veterans Restorative Justice Act is not a get-out-of-jail-free card, and the measure does not show leniency to serious violent crimes, such as murder and manslaughter. But supporters say it is a compassionate way to hold veterans accountable for many less-severe cases, including theft and DWI, while treating underlying issues, such as PTSD....

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-09-24 06:53 PM | Reply

Stupid people, nuts, and thugs join the military same as normal people.

Don't assume everything is service related.

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2022-09-24 08:30 PM | Reply

I'm all for criminal justice reform that actually helps folks mend their ways. Hopefully this is one small steps towards creating a better system for all.

#3 | Posted by censored at 2022-09-24 09:21 PM | Reply

They better not spend MY taxes on this!
They knew the risks when they signed up.
--Moderate GOP Voter

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-09-25 02:02 PM | Reply

Like BOAZ, many damaged vets are unwilling to live in a society where punching someone in the nose will result in jail time.

They can't abide by laws which punish brutish behavior.

Threats of violence and actual violence become go-to substitutes their for thoughtful, respectful, encounters.

They toe the line while in service, only because failure to do so results is swift military punishment.

Society needs to hold them to civil norms of nonviolent behavior.

#5 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2022-09-25 02:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The reality is no human is built for the horrors of war. Our gov funds weapons and cares little about the aftermath.

#6 | Posted by Brennnn at 2022-09-26 12:56 AM | Reply

The reality is no human is built for the horrors of war.

#6 | POSTED BY BRENNNN AT 2022-09-26 12:56 AM | FLAG:

Ernst Junger disagrees.

#7 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2022-09-26 02:43 PM | Reply

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