Jailed for the Holidays: Vets in Prison

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Vets in Prison

By Dr. Lynn S. Kahn and Steve Sanson

The headlines can be read every day of the year all across America:

  • 67 year old Vietnam veteran arrested in Florida for shooting weapons in his apartment while high on hallucinogenic drugs
  • 29 year old Iraq war veteran arrested in Oklahoma on aggravated assault and armed robbery; neighbor says: “It was obvious he was struggling and trying to get help through the system”
  • 50 year old ex-Navy Seal arrested after barricading himself in his home and yelling threats; police and SWAT made arrest after 3-hour stand off
  • 25 year old Marine sentenced to 10 years in Texas prison after his “suicide by cop” effort failed and he survived 177 police bullets
  • 26 year old Army sergeant who had been turned away by the Kansas City (Missouri) Veterans Affairs Hospital when he sought treatment for nightmares, post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury was shot and killed by police after he pointed an AK-47 at them

About 700,000 veterans are involved in the U.S. criminal justice system. As we go about our holiday plans, let us remember that official numbers show 181,500 veterans will spend their holidays in jail or prison. This represents a small decrease in the number of incarcerated veterans since 2004 which some attribute to the aging of all veterans and recent increases in services for returning veterans – many services provided by veterans groups as opposed to the formal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) system.

Read more at:  https://democracychronicles.com/vets-in-prison/

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