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No Man Or Woman Left Behind

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Struggling military veterans can get trapped in a vicious cycle of mental illness and substance abuse, and sometimes land behind bars. But there is a program they can turn to for help. The Veterans Treatment Court provides services and holds vets accountable so they can turn their lives around. Judge Halee Weinstein presides over the Veterans Treatment Court and describes how it works. Plus, we visit a hearing to meet some of the veteran participants and mentors.

Visit this link for a video about Baltimore City Veterans Treatment Court.

VTC partners include: Warrior Canine Connection, United Way of Central Maryland, American Red Cross, Back on My Feet, Baltimore City Community College, Baltimore Station, Department of Labor, Licensing and Regular (DLLR), Health Care for the Homeless, Gaudenzia, Homeless Persons Representation Project, MCVET, Project PLASE, The Bob Parsons Veterans Advocacy Clinic - University of Baltimore, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and VA Maryland Health Care System.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Melissa Gerr is a producer for On the Record. She started in public media at Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minn., where she is from, and then worked as a field producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. She made the jump to audio-lover in Baltimore as a digital media editor at Mid-Atlantic Media and Laureate Education, Inc. and as a field producer for "Out of the Blocks." Her beat is typically the off-beat with an emphasis on science, culture and things that make you say, 'Wait, what?'