Jailed veterans look for COVER behind bars


By Erica Mu


Over the next two weeks, KALW News is bringing you stories from veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thousands are returning home every month, re-entering civilian life – and facing challenges and obstacles all along the way.

This first story takes us to a jail in San Bruno.

Experts estimate that about 20% of new veterans are returning home with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Some symptoms of PTSD include erratic driving behaviors, substance abuse, and violence – all actions that can land vets in jail. And that’s the concern: that many new vets will be swept up into the criminal justice system.

In San Bruno, the San Francisco County Jail has partnered with the non-profit Swords to Plowshares to create a wing dedicated solely to veterans. It may be the first in the country. It’s called the COVER project, and the mostly-volunteer staff connects vets to resources, turning their incarceration into rehabilitation. Lilah Crews-Pless has more.

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