A coalition of health care workers and activists is forming a lobby to examine the impact of being part of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq upon veterans. At present, there are no clear statistics concerning whether these wars have been responsible for a rise in crime among those who served. However, there is no doubt Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in greater use of drugs and alcohol and some forms of violent behaviors. Although, not all veterans suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, there is no question a significant percent are afflicted.
A question being examined is whether courts of law should take into consideration the impact of being part of a war when individuals are being charged with crimes. There currently are federally funded programs in Colorado and other states where “veterans courts” will hear cases for veterans charged with crimes.
Of course, Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, and George Bush will live happily ever after despite their crimes.