Coping with court: Vietnam vets helping younger veterans in trouble




When an individual commits a crime and goes through the court process, they typically face two outcomes freedom or imprisonment.

For veterans who commit crimes, another option is available that targets treatment instead of incarceration.

Veteran’s Court

The Veteran’s Court in Fourth District Court in Provo has existed since the beginning of the year and has helped in the treatment of many veterans who wound up on the wrong side of the law. But veteran’s court isn’t like most courtrooms. In veteran’s court, mentors who are past veterans become best friends with these men who many would turn away from once they hear of their criminal activity. They applaud them for their victories, an abnormality in the courtroom.

To become eligible for veterans court, defendants must first be determined qualified to be eligible for court by meeting certain conditions. Once they’re accepted, they must take a plea in abeyance for their crime. The veterans then attend court meetings, receive special treatments but more importantly, bond with their brothers in arms.

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