Our military veterans are the pride of our country but many have challenges after returning from service where they faced hostile environments under stressful circumstances. While most transition back to civilian life, mental illness, trauma and drug addiction are too often a part of the life of post-war veterans.
There were over 10,000 veteran offenders in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) at the end of 2019, accounting for almost six percent of all BOP inmates according to a US Sentencing Commission study who conducted a study. That study was meant to review whether veterans were receiving a benefit for their service when they were sentenced for federal crimes. The conclusion was that average sentence for veteran offenders was 64 months compared to 62 months for all citizen offenders. (Continue reading here…)