Veterans get hearing in court of their own

  • Article by: MARK BRUNSWICK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 27, 2010 - 11:06 PM

The Hennepin County court project brings together the criminal justice system and the VA.

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jw_cinaSep. 27, 1010:12 PM

I'm a Disabled vet and have been in and out of the VA HOSPITAL over the last year. I have a little house I can't afford to sell at this time with the housing market - and I thought maybe I'd like to live in it again some day as I retire ---------------------------- WELL I HAVE BEEN RENTING it to a friend and while I was in the VA Hospital and pending surgery at the VA my Rental License Came due ( $65 ). When it came to my attention I contacted the city and sent a check saying I had been in the hospital - they gave me a run around - Than told me to pay $97.50 on MAY 3 2010 ------------------------- BUT NO NO NOW THAT ISN'T ENOUGH - THEY WANT TO FINE ME $500 for the $65 Rental License ..... They wanted me to appear on a date but with complications from my surgery I was not able to make the scheduled appointment meeting ------------------ and now they want """ $500 """ ----- FOR THE $65 RENTAL LICENSE FOR MY ONE BEDROOM HOME --- HELP THIS DISABLED VET. John

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lvpops53Sep. 27, 1010:12 PM

I'm a two time combat veteran of Vietnam. I don't buy all this c@@p about vets getting special treatment in a court of law. If anyone should understand about the discipline of staying out of trouble, it should be vets. Why should we be given special privileges as compared to the general public? There is something wrong going on here.

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mclark777Sep. 28, 1010:24 AM

what is next? Sharia Courts?

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tigerlily123Sep. 28, 1011:47 AM

People ned to go watch & see the work being done before throwing stones. It's about ending the behavior & healing the wounds.

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curtishSep. 28, 10 2:39 PM

I think this more a P.R. move by the court than anything "special". They already have a court focusing on mentally ill clients, services beyond incarceration, run by the same judge. Just one day a week he has a VA rep in his court instead of HCMC rep for regular mental health services. Wonder what office the judge is running for that he wants this P.R.?

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DennyASep. 28, 10 5:05 PM

As a vet, I liked the fact that the court is going the extra mile to give the vet a little extra help. Involving the VA sounds and having an experienced judge helps a lot. I also like how the story mentions they have had successes and failures.

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opinion84Sep. 28, 10 5:54 PM

How many jails do we want to build? It seems to me that it costs less to enable someone to fix his life, offer retribution and become a positive member of society than to simply ignore problems and causes and lock people up. We ask so much from our military service personnel. Shouldn't we support a Veteran's efforts to straighten out his life when he asks for help? I'm no bleeding heart, but I think we hold a responsibility when our government sends soldiers into wars to be there for them when they come home. Some wounds can't be seen, only felt. All a Veteran's family wants is for their loved one to come home again. Sounds like this program helps to make that happen.

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Marina29Oct. 8, 10 6:54 AM

Thanks for including the Navy SEAL in the story. It reminds us that not all our veterans are soldiers, and some have experiences that they may not be able to talk about because of security reasons. This can make dealing with post traumatic stress more complicated. The media doesn't report all the operations that military personnel are involved in, so the actions and effects can be invisible to the general public.

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