Psychologists are involved in a new type of court
that helps veterans on the wrong side of the law get
the help they need to restart their lives.
BY TORI DEANGELIS
Manny Welch, 54, served on a naval aircraft carrier in the four years immediately following the Vietnam War. The resulting stress helped fuel his substance abuse, a pattern that was to haunt him for the next 30 years.
His drug habit brought him in and out of the correctional system for crimes like petty larceny
and drug possession. After many failed attempts at kicking the habit, four years ago he heard
about a new kind of criminal court in his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. — one aimed at helping
veterans in the correctional system get their lives back on track by offering them counseling and
support rather than just punishment.