CBS’ 60 Minutes (10/14, 7:23 p.m. ET) broadcast that Veterans Affairs “tells us about 20%” of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans come home from war with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some of those vets have gotten in trouble with the law, and this troubled Texas State District Judge Marc Carter, who is himself a veteran. Harris knew that the DeBakey VA in Houston “had plenty of empty seats in programs for PTSD and addiction.” So, in 2009, he started a veterans’ court in Harris County, Texas. The court has been successful, as have 100 similar courts in other parts of the country. As a result, 100 more such courts are in the planning stages.
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