Veterans’ Courts

The rationale for veterans’ courts is based on the combat-related stress, financial instability, and other difficulties adjusting to life that confront many soldiers returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. A 2008 RAND Corporation study found that about one-fifth of all Iraq and Afghanistan veterans—or about 300,000 of the more than 1.6 million U.S. troops in the two wars—reported symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder or major depression. While most of these veterans are law-abiding, these problems contribute to criminal behavior among a substantial number of veterans.

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