County could create special court program for veterans
Clark County is considering creating a specialty district court program to help veterans who commit minor crimes and suffer from PTSD Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Special help could be coming for veterans who can't seem to get on the right track after they come home from combat.
Clark County is considering creating a specialty district court program to help veterans who commit lesser crimes and suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
County commissioners said last week that veterans returning from combat often act out because of psychological problems and don't know how to get help for themselves.
They then get caught in a web of courts and crime with still no attention being paid to the mental health side of things.
Vets who commit felony crimes would not be able to attend the special court. And commissioners also warned that this is not a get out of jail free card now will the troubled vets records be expunged.
Action News spoke with a local veteran in March who said that it is hard to find help in Southern Nevada.
"I came back at 30 and started dealing with some of this stuff. But, being a little bit younger and dealing with that and not having had any other problems before, it's gotta be very difficult for them," said Jason Brooks.
The district attorney's office supports the specialty district court program but says the parameters need to be discussed.