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Justice Department's new $4 million pledge to keep veterans out of jail

from Military Times

Marine Sgt. Tim Wynn was home from Iraq less than three days when he wound up in handcuffs, arrested for aggravated assault at a bar in his native Philadelphia. After being among the first troops to participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom, his hometown streets seemed unfamiliar. The veteran struggled to reconnect, couldn't hold a job and depended on drugs and alcohol to get through his endless days. But after his seventh arrest in 2013, he landed in the courtroom of Judge Patrick Dugan, an Army reservist who leads the city's Veterans Treatment Court — a place where former troops who run afoul of the law can get medical treatment for addiction as well as support from the Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans service organizations and veteran mentors. And that's where Wynn’s life turned around. more

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