Defenses for our
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Veterans are being arrested in record numbers for crimes for which they bear no responsibility. Multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq have resulted in the return of thousands of our most cherished citizens being subject to arrest and conviction for crimes that bear a direct relationship to the unimaginable horrors they witnessed on our behalf. Our veterans arrive home lonely and alienated and unable to process an unfathomable set of memories that leaves their spirits and bodies broken.
The criminal justice system doesn’t get it. Time after time, they were patched up in field hospitals and given amphetamines to keep them awake, opiates to relieve their pain, and tranquilizers to help them sleep.
And when they arrive home far too many are finding themselves in our local jails and not knowing why. Conduct which was legal and encouraged day after day, tour after tour, has resulted in arrests for crimes for which they did not intend.