How Vets are Treated in Escambia County
Veterans come back from deployment overseas with numerous problems. Just living like a civilian is a huge challenge. Marriages of combat vets are more likely to end in divorce; Afghan & Iraq vets is over-represented in homeless communities and prisons. The collision course between vets and the justice system has been so prominent that Veterans Courts have become a part of most areas. They deal with the trying to divert veterans into more appropriate ways than typical criminals. There are mitigating factors that throw these men and women returning from active duty combat into a justice system ill-equipped to handle them.
That being said, a case came to me of USMC Staff Sergeant Tim Chandler, a Pensacola native. His experience with the Escambia County Sheriff's office and the State Attorney as well as the judicial system is laughable if it were not so disastrous. Tim's PTSD exacerbated his martial issues but I think he can explain it better than I can.