As last combat troops leave Iraq this week, Salas seeks to expedite help for veterans in need of medical and other services
August 19, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- Assemblymember Mary Salas’ Assembly Bill 1925, which authorizes superior courts to develop and implement veteran’s courts for eligible U.S. veterans, is now on the Governor’s desk. If signed into law, AB 1925 will allow returning veterans a greater chance for succeeding in civilian life in the aftermath of combat.
“In these tough economic times when many programs are being threatened it is imperative to replicate successful and cost effective programs such as veterans’ courts,” stated Salas. “California can and must do a better job of helping our returning soldiers and connecting them with the resources such as mental health treatment that they may need. AB 1925 provides a way for counties to help our growing veteran population and I urge the Governor to sign this legislation into law.”
Increasing numbers of Iraq and Afghan War veterans are returning home with psychological injuries. Many of them are going untreated and causing them to run into legal problems. A veterans’ court would have a dedicated calendar or a local court-supervised mental health program or system that leads to the placement of as many mentally ill offenders who are veterans of the United States military, including those with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma, substance abuse, or any mental health problem stemming from military service, in community treatment as is feasible and consistent with public safety.
AB 1925 is sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans of America, California State Council and supported by the American Legions, Department of California, AMVETS, Department of California, and AMVETS Post 40 of Sonoma County.