Veterans coming home often struggle with PTSD, and that can lead to arrest and jail. A court in Stockton has a unique way of dealing with the problem.
San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Barbara Kronlund presided over the graduation of 6 veterans who completed Veterans Treatment Court.
All were arrested on various charges but instead of fines or jail time, they chose probation and treatment, which lasted from one to two years, says Kronlund.
“Their service frequently creates their problem. They come out and they self-medicate with drugs and or alcohol for PTSD that should be properly treated then they’ll pick up DUI’s or some other criminal behavior,” says Kronlund.
Justin Conner struggled with alcohol after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Marines, and now his conviction is expunged and his arrest record sealed.
“I’ve done it all, my 8-month old son there and fiancée and I’ve lost a lot over the years and I’m just tired of losing and this team here just helped me keep things where they need to be so I don’t lose anymore,” says Conner.
Judge Kronlund says she can see that their lives have turned around.
“Thank you and congratulations, applause.”