Bill would pay for police training to help veterans

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By Kirsti Marohn

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan stretched on for 10 years and left some of its veterans with invisible scars, from post-traumatic stress to traumatic brain injuries.

While the majority of veterans have returned to civilian life successfully, some have struggled, and a few have ended up in the legal system.

In recent years, there’s been an effort to better educate law enforcement officers on the characteristics of veterans and how to de-escalate a crisis to avoid a potential deadly result.

A bipartisan bill authored by Rep. Tim O’Driscoll, R-Sartell, aims to provide funding for more police officers to receive such training. The House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee held a hearing on the bill Thursday.

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