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Veterans court may be collateral damage in immigration fight

from The Associated Press via Military.coom

Three decades ago, Lori Ann Bourgeois was guarding fighter jets at an air base. After her discharge, she fell into drug addiction. She wound up living on the streets and was arrested for possession of methamphetamine. But on a recent day, the former Air Force Security Police member walked into a Veterans Treatment Court after completing a 90-day residential drug treatment program. A judge handed Bourgeois a special coin marking the occasion, inscribed with the words "Change Attitude, Change Thinking, Change Behavior." The Trump administration in 2017 threatened to withhold law enforcement grants from 29 cities, counties or states. The Veterans Treatment Court and 40 other specialty courts risk losing all or part of their budgets. more

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