For soldiers returning home from combat, adjusting back to civilian life can be a big challenge. For some, the adjustment can lead to trouble with the legal system.
The La Crosse Area Veterans Mentor Program and Veteran's Court help make that adjustment for veterans a little bit easier .
The program is for veterans in trouble that are also diagnosed with mental health issues related to their service. Mentors, who have also seen combat, help guide the veterans back to civilian life.
The Veteran's Court held graduation Wednesday for the first veteran who completed the program. "The first person actually came in January of '12, so it's been going awhile. It's a good feeling to have our first graduate walk out the door, seeing the changes that have been instilled in the individual," said Veteran's Court Judge Todd Bjerke.
The court encourages the graduates to become mentors to other soldiers who are suffering from combat-related mental health issues.