Seattle-area veterans court launched, will emphasize treatment

King County, Wash., officials have launched a Veterans Treatment Court, a milestone in the effort to direct veterans into treatment and services, rather than incarceration.

The combination of mental health issues, alongside post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, can lead veterans into the criminal justice system. Officials said the Veterans Treatment Court offers a better route for nonviolent offenders.

“It is fitting, on this Flag Day, that we honor our veterans by launching this specialty court to link those dealing with war-related traumas with the treatment and services they need,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said last week.

The issue of mental illnesses among veterans is a concern as service members return from Afghanistan and Iraq suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.

Read the full story about the new veterans court in the Issaquah Press.

In an editorial, the Seattle Times said funds used to create and continue the veterans court will be money well spent.

Read the King County Council’s press release about the veterans court here.

Other recent veterans court stories on American Homecomings:

Wyoming plans its first veterans court

Colorado Springs veterans court graduates first group from program 

 

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