As a veteran, I understand first hand the difficulties that veterans experience after completing their military service. Many factors affect a veteran’s ability to reintegrate into the “real world.” Recently, many of our veterans have served at least one combat tour and likely return with visible and “invisible” wounds. These “invisible” wounds often cause veterans to engage in unhealthy or perilous behavior as they attempt to deal with their stressors.
In California, the state has recognized the struggles that veterans endure. To assist veterans, the state has created a Military Diversion Program (“MDP”) serving as a sentencing alternative available to qualifying veterans/servicemembers (“veterans”) who have committed a misdemeanor offense. If the veteran successfully completes the MDP, the court will dismiss the charge(s) without the veteran having a conviction on their record.