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The Movement Toward Veterans Courts

By Steve Berenson

Military veterans return home from overseas conflicts with “invisible wounds” of combat—posttraumatic stress disorder, major depression, and traumatic brain injury. These wounds can lead to a veteran’s ultimate involvement in the legal system. Jurisdictions have launched veterans court initiatives to tackle the unique problems that bring about such involvement and resolve the problems in a manner such that healing is fostered and recidivism prevented. Advocates should be aware of the value of these courts and of some considerations in creating such initiatives.

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