Monday, February 12, 2018

Veterans Court gives PTSD veterans a fighting chance

Torres: Veteran mentors continue to serve in court with pride
Florida Today
John A Terres
February 12 2018

You hear the cliches in just about every war movie ever made about this special band of brothers or no man left behind.
Circuit Judge Judith Atkin honors the veteran mentors in Veterans Court.
(Photo: Courtesy 18th Judicial Circuit)

You may never hear "never stop serving" on the big screen but its sentiment is just as important to the health and well-being of those who have served our country as evidenced in Brevard County's Veterans Treatment Court.

Just ask someone like Melbourne native and former Marine Theodore Doukas, who returned from a couple of tours in Iraq with a back injury that led to a painkiller addiction. Paired up with veteran mentor Harry "Skip" Taylor, Doukas is getting the help he needs and will soon graduate from the program.

"He's shown me the path," Doukas said about Taylor. "He's really stayed on me about going to the V.A. Some things in this program have really changed my life."
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