Caring for veterans in greatest time of need

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By David A. Bryant

Carlos Fields served 15 years with multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan before being honorably discharged as a noncommissioned officer.

“I had five deployments, and I thought I was more than ready to start civilian life. But after adding that fifth deployment, I began to fall deeper into a depression I was already feeling. Before I knew it, I found myself on the losing end of a battle with alcoholism and on the wrong end of the law.”

On Friday, a proud and smiling Fields graduated from Veterans Endeavor for Treatment and Support Court. A year and a half ago, the program did not exist.

Capt. Patrick Robinson had seen programs in state courts helping veterans stay out of the judicial system for misdemeanors by instead getting them the mental help they needed to recover from military and combat-related stress. He felt the program would be beneficial to Fort Hood.

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