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Pennsylvania’s veteran population ranks fourth in the U.S. with 793,000 veterans as of 2018, according to information from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.

Pennsylvania’s veteran population ranks fourth in the U.S. with 793,000 veterans as of 2018, according to information from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.

Since 2009 when the first treatment center was opened in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania’s Veterans Treatment Courts have been assisting veterans who are charged with crimes and are struggling with addiction, mental illness or co-occurring disorders. 

Veterans Treatment Court participants appear before a judge on a regular basis; receive support and guidance from veteran mentors; and get treatment to address underlying problems often caused by post-traumatic stress disorder. In 2018, 207 out of 254 veterans graduated from this specialty court, which is an 81 percent successful graduation rate. 

According to a recent release, there were 233 admissions to treatment programs in 2018. Of those 233 admissions, a majority— 41 percent — were veterans who served in the Army. Those numbers indicate that 19.5 percent of admissions were from those who served in the marines and 11.5 percent from the Navy. The Air Force accounts for 11 percent of those admissions and the Coast Guard accounts for 2 percent. Fifteen percent of the admissions had no reported branch of service. 

The average age at the screenings was 45 years old and 94 percent of the admissions were male.

To learn more about services for veterans visit www.dmva.pa.gov.

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