"They can manifest in a lot of ways," said Jack Hilgers, director of development for the Virginia Department of Veterans Services.
Estimates of the number of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury range from 20 to 40 percent of the returning population, Hilgers
That help must provide an alternative to jail, Hilgers
"We've got enough people in jail," he
"These veterans want to do something about their condition.
They don't want to be a burden."
Many states and localities have modeled their veterans courts after the program in Buffalo, N.Y.
"The Veterans Court in Buffalo has a zero percent recidivism rate," Hilgers
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