Courts for veterans spreading across U.S.

Wave of vets in courts trips alarm.

, The National Law Journal

State criminal courts devoted to U.S. war veterans are emerging across the country, from New York to Oklahoma to California, as increasing numbers of soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are showing up as defendants with a special set of problems. Judges, prosecutors, public defenders and local lawyer volunteers are joining with the Department of Veteran Affairs to create courts with veterans-only case proceedings to address a common thread of post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, head injuries and mental illness underlying the veterans' crimes.

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