“The next 5 to 10 years are going to be a shit show.” That’s what an attorney who represents military veterans with PTSD told me when I asked him about veterans treatment courts, which are intended to deal with the particular issues facing alleged criminals who were turned into killers by their government. He’s a fan of those courts, which let veterans avoid prison by undergoing treatment, and would like to see them flourish — anything that keeps people from experiencing incarceration is a good thing — but he says the worst is yet to come, even with these courts: The most troubled veterans aren’t the ones currently getting arrested, but the ones still in special forces overseas masking their deep emotional problems by engaging in continual combat. Instead of committing crimes at home, they are committing them abroad — but someday they will come home and bring their troubles with them. War: It Keeps Killing Long After It’s Over.
On that uplifting note, check out the piece I wrote on this topic for TakePart. And happy Friday!