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Two Monterey County courts for veterans and active-duty soldiers are transforming the lives of those once lost.

January 30, 2018

In March 2003, Cpl. Frank Moody was crossing an Iraqi desert, one of the first of 1,000 U.S. Army infantrymen that led the way in the Iraq invasion. He doesn’t like to talk about what came next...

What happened next over more than 10 years is a story that is familiar to too many veterans in the U.S. struggling with PTSD, sexual trauma, traumatic brain injuries and other mental health issues. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reports one in 10 returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans seen by the VA suffer from alcohol or substance abuse – and it’s generally believed that many more never seek help. An alarming number commit suicide, at a far higher rate than the population at large, according to VA reports. Or they do what Moody did, they self-medicate and self-destruct. In Moody’s case, he was arrested multiple times for DUIs, domestic violence and felony drug possession.

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