Mitigating Factors: military service

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This Wall Street Journal article (available here) discusses some of the collateral consequences of war.  These men and women who volunteer to protect and defend the fundamental principles of this country are certainly entitled to the support, compassion, and consideration by society upon their return.

Many veterans returning from war zones develop behavioral and psychological problems, which in some cases leads to alcohol and drug abuse — and crimes.

Recognition of this service and the possibility these experiences have a direct correlation to criminal activity is the responsible thing to do for government.  We, as a society, demand individuals to be accountable for their actions and should demand the same level of accountability from our government.

‘We dump all kinds of money to get soldiers over there and train them to kill, but we don’t do anything to reintegrate them into our society,’ says John L. Kane, a federal judge in Denver