Editorial: Special Veterans' Court Not Needed

In an editorial, the Commercial Appeal weighs the pros and cons of the Shelby County proposal to fund a new special court to process former warriors who are facing criminal charges. Creation of the court would acknowledge that post-traumatic stress disorder and varying degrees of brain damage resulting from combat injuries are sometimes at the root of domestic violence, assaults, alcohol and drug abuse, or worse, among veterans. However, the paper, although supportive of the concept, questions whether the court is needed since there is already a "smorgasbord of veteran and support services available to veterans." Read the editorial