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Since the beginning of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, hundreds of thousands of members of the US military have sustained traumatic brain or bodily injuries. Since then, most have come home — to families, communities, and to a future filled with unknowns. Getting back to a normal life is the goal, and for many it’s a path opened through support of family and therapy. Veterans in Los Angeles are on that path with long term physical therapy and for some, unconventional therapies like creative expression and dance.

Also, the District Attorney is releasing details on the mistreatment of the mentally ill in the county criminal justice system.

Photo: Ryan Craig at Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation (Saul Gonzalez)

Producers:
Evan George
Jenny Hamel
Saul Gonzalez
Avishay Artsy

DA Issues Report on Mistreatment of Mentally Ill in Criminal Justice System 7 MIN, 46 SEC

Tomorrow, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey will deliver a a report to the Board of Supervisors that highlights the county criminal justice system’s failure to humanely and effectively deal with mentally ill people who commit crimes. This report comes as the Department of Justice announces they will take oversight of county jails because of the mistreatment of the mentally ill. 

Guests:
Jackie Lacey, County of Los Angeles (@ladaoffice)

Local Veterans Overcome Trauma through Therapy 18 MIN, 14 SEC

Army Sargeant Ryan Craig was shot in the head during a tour in Afghanistan and suffers from traumatic brain injury, or TBI.  He started getting long term treatment at Southern California's Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation. KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez spoke with him a year ago about his uphill battle to full recovery. Although Craig’s improved he'll need some degree of care and supervision the rest of his life, with most of the day-to-day burden falling on his mother. We update that story and hear about one alternative therapy that servicemen and women are receiving here in Los Angeles. Practitioners hope the treatment will reduce the need for medication - and provide some stress-free fun at the same time. KCRW’s Avishay Artsy has that story.

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