Va. Prison Groups Veterans Together For Support

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) -- Inmates at two Virginia prisons who served in the military before winding up behind bars are being grouped together in the hopes that common bond will help them stay on the straight and narrow once they're released.

The dormitories for veterans opened this summer in Indian Creek and Haynesville. Inmates at both have served in conflicts from Vietnam to Iraq. Similar dorms have also been opened in Florida and Georgia.

The inmates receive therapy that addresses some problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anger issues or substance abuse problems that may have led to them winding up in prison.

Marla Decker, the state secretary of public safety, says the program capitalizes on all the discipline and structure the inmates experienced while in the military and tries to help them channel it in a positive way.


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