A Navy veteran who received a Silver Star, the third-highest combat military award, turned to dealing drugs after he developed post-traumatic stress disorder and lost multiple jobs.
Greenwood City Court Judge Lewis Gregory knew the veteran through work. He believes the man would not have committed the crimes if he had received counseling for his PTSD.
Gregory sees veterans arrested for misdemeanor crimes, such as possession of narcotics and battery.
Veterans can suffer from depression, PTSD or traumatic brain injuries, and Gregory thinks they either don’t realize they need counseling or don’t know where to get it.
Without counseling, the veterans can become repeat offenders, spending much of their lives on probation or in jail, according to Justice for Vets, a nonprofit organization.