In a society where addiction and mental illnesses run rampant, yet are
often overlooked by those who are not burdened by the everyday harsh realities
associated with these issues, Veterans have found themselves struggling to cope.
However, Veterans can now find comfort in a new program that was a first
of its kind - The Hamilton County Veteran's Felony Court. Since its
inception in 2012, the program has held five graduating ceremonies. The
aim of the program is to aid Veterans in achieving a positive life transformation
in order to again become productive members of society. Only Veterans
who have been convicted of non-violent felonies and who have also struggled
with addiction or mental illness qualify for the program.
Veterans have often found it difficult to transition back into civilian
life, and as a result may turn to drugs to manage the agonizing pressure
felt from the outside world. Before their tour of duty, most of the Veterans
in this program did not have a criminal record; however after their return,
and likely as a result of their trauma and injuries, many have turned
to a life of crime in order to deal with everyday pressures.
In order to qualify for the Veteran's Felony Court program, the Veteran
must not have been charged with a violent crime. Eligible Veterans can
be referred by their probation officer, a judge, their attorney, or even
the prosecuting attorney. Once accepted into this program, necessary treatment
as well as proper guidance is provided. This program has been so effective,
that out of all who have graduated, not a single one has had another issue;
in fact some have even returned to offer their services in order to help
others in need.
The United States has a long history of treating our Veterans below an
acceptable standard of care. With advances in medicine and a society that
is slowly becoming more aware of what addiction really is, perhaps a shift
is in order and those with mental illness, specifically Veterans, can
finally receive the treatment needed to thrive in society that is less
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental illness or drug addiction
and as a result of their struggles has been charged with a crime, please
do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Bleile & Dawson. They
are extremely knowledgeable in
criminal law and defend clients in Cincinnati and throughout the State of Ohio and
the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Contact us today for a
completely confidential consultation at (513) 399-5945.