Actress Melissa Fitzgerald of Justice For Vets on Veterans Treatment Courts
"Veterans Treatment Courts ensure that when our veterans return home and are struggling with the transition home and get into trouble with the law because of a mental-health disorder, a substance abuse disorder and/or trauma, they receive the structure, the treatment, and the mentoring they need to get their lives back on track."
One in five veterans has symptoms of a mental health disorder - or cognitive Impairment. And research shows a link between combat-related mental illness and substance abuse. Left untreated, mental health disorders that are common among veterans, can directly lead to involvement in the criminal justice system. Actress Melissa Fitzgerald (The West Wing), Senior Director of Justice for Vets discusses an initiative that aims to transform the way veterans are handled in the criminal justice system. Visit Justice for Vets on the web
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