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CLE Nov 09: The Hard Road Home: Challenges Faced by Returning Veterans & How MN Lawyers Can Help

posted Sep 13, 2010, 1:18 PM by Hamline Law Veterans Association   [ updated Sep 14, 2010, 6:24 AM ]

After eight years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq our military is under enormous strain. The men and 

women who have served their country have witnessed events that many of us cannot even fathom. They 

now face a different, but no less difficult, struggle in their own country. A recent RAND Corporation study 

found that of the 1.7 million Americans who have served in the current conflicts, over 600,000 are 

suffering from PTSD or other psychological injury.  Predictably, those troubled veterans are now starting 

to surface in the criminal courts. In addition, a 2006 survey conducted by Wilder Research Center states 

that on any given night, there are an estimated 624 homeless veterans in Minnesota.  


This session will cover the history of PTSD, its ties to criminal behavior, and how Minnesota's new 

law is intended to help. It also seeks to spread awareness about the issue of homelessness in veterans, 

educate and train attendees to help veterans overcome or avoid homelessness, and to encourage the 

development of a "national standard for respectfully meeting housing and supportive service needs of 

veterans while maintaining the worth and dignity of all those involved."

Minnesota Sentencing 

Mitigation legislation—the 

defense perspective 

New Minnesota Legislation 

regarding combat trauma in 

Criminal Court/Legal issues 

of Combat veterans 

A combat veterans 

experience with the legal 


Veteran Homelessness  

Understanding  PTSD 

NOVEMBER 3, 2009 

1:00 PM 4:30 PM 


Hamline University School of 

Law, Klas Center 


1536 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul, 

Minnesota, 55104 


RSVP: Vets@hamlinesba.com 

Hamline Law Veterans Association,
Sep 13, 2010, 1:21 PM