Special Courts Are Some Veteran's Last Chance There's a growing number of special courts for American war veterans and the unique problems they're bring back from Iraq and Afghanistan. Judge Michael McCarthy, himself a Vietnam Veteran, says the courtroom is sometimes the only place for veterans to get the help that's available to them.
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Special Courts Are Some Veteran's Last Chance

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Special Courts Are Some Veteran's Last Chance

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For years, the U.S. has had special courts for the mentally ill, for drug users, for battered women — places where judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and charities come together to help get people back on their feet.

Now there's a growing number of special courts for American war veterans and the unique problems they're bring back from Iraq and Afghanistan. Judge Michael McCarthy, himself a Vietnam veteran, says the courtroom is sometimes the last chance for veterans to get the help that's available to them.

Guest host Ari Shapiro speaks with Judge McCarthy, who is working to set up a veteran's court for non-violent offenders in Pittsburgh.