Comments for: Augusta court program helps veterans who are in trouble with the law

Posted July 03, 2012, at 10:34 p.m.

AUGUSTA | Daniel Andrews blacked out two years ago during a violent episode brought on by post-traumatic stress disorder. When the Iraq war veteran “woke up,” he was in the Kennebec County Jail charged with aggravated assault. Andrews, 28, of Waterville is expected to graduate this fall from the …

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  • Judge Mills is putting the humanity back into the Criminal Justice system. Good for you Your Honor and do not quit. There are far too many that need your view’s when ‘justice’ is supposedly meted out. The only thing that is missing in the article is what assistance is being done for these Vet’s when they finish the Program and they need a job to stay outta trouble. That’s the real need !

    • Anonymous

      I agree job training / placement would be great.

  • Anonymous

    I think this is a great idea but – 
    Our jails are full of people with mental disorders, why are the vets being treated like special snowflakes?
    I respect the fact they served our country – but this should not make their mental health issues any greater then someone else.
    No disrespect but vets are not the only people who suffer from PTSD.
    I watched a 20 year old with schizophrenia sit in jail for over a year charged with a minor crime that would have earned no jail time, it took that year for this man to get a court date that finally moved him to a mental health facility were he belonged.
    Our jails have become holding cells for the mentally disabled. 
    The jails have repeatedly stated they are not equipped to deal with this people.
    I am glad the vets are getting the help they need – now expand this type of program and start helping all citizens with mental health issues.

    • Anonymous

      And for heavens sake don’t close Dorothea Dix Hospital, when it is available to help people with mental disorders. Staff it and use it.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you so much Judy for writing this article & sharing  this positive story on the 4th.  As the wife of a Vietnam Vet with PTSD, I know all too well how difficult it can be to access the help & I also know what happens when help isn’t sought & “things get out-of-hand”!  Tears were rolling down my face as I really feel for the veterans with PTSD & their families.  Thank you Sheriff Liberty for getting this program started (& for that matter a million thanks for the healing Vietnam Vet Homecoming)!  I hope veterans & their families are becoming aware that NAMI (Nat’l Alliance On Mental Illness) has reached out to help veterans & their families.  Please go to NAMIMaine.org for contact info, resource materials & support groups.    

  • Anonymous

    “The court made things come together more easily than I could have made happen on my own,” he said. “Before therapy, I knew there were services available but trying to access them seemed more difficult than they’d be worth because of the PTSD.”

    Translation….Much like our fine men and women that serve in the police force, the military earns a different brand of justice than the common man.  Our taxes pay the wages of our military and our police force but they recieve special treatment for offenses to the law, than we do.  Does this seem fair to any of you?  I completely respect anyone willing to put their life on the line to protect others but you are being paid for the job.  It is voluntary.  You dont have to do it.  I dont believe that there should be two or three different brands of justice in this country.  Plain and simple, you break the law, you pay the pennance for breaking the law.  Nothing in this article mentions the VICTIMS?  What about the people that were assaulted?  What about the wives who were beaten on my their PTSD abusive husband?  What about a child who is killed because it’s father has PTSD and squeezes it’s head so hard that it literally stops brain activity?  What about them?  I believe in getting these people help, they fought for our freedom and they deserve the help, but give it to them while they serve their prison sentence.  We cannot treat them better, than they are treating innocent people themselves.

    • Anonymous

      Thats an interesting point you make Jeff.  Before becoming a paramedic I too served. I have seen the atrocities committed by the Taliban first hand and I do agree with much of what you’ve stated. Its important we remember that a US soldier is a paid professional that represents sanctioned US interests and that there is no longer a draft in place.  

      I’d also like to point out that there are a number of people within our crimimal justice system that suffer from PTSD as a result of a traumatic and abusive childhood events. Shouldnt everyone who suffers from PTSD also receive the same treatment and services?

      Children who suffer at the hands of adults who grow up without the services needed to unravel the trauma they experieced certainly didnt “sign up for it” and the certainly didnt get paid for it. 
      Everyone deserves help but they should also be held accountable.

  • I like to hear great success stories. Good for this man. I wish him the very best………

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