Hundreds of veterans choose therapy over jail

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater is offering U.S. Military veterans a second-chance at being productive citizens.

A few years ago, Prater got tired of seeing vets end up prison, so he pioneered a program where troops can choose intense therapy over prison.

Transition to civilian life is difficult for many veterans, especially those who have been deployed to combat zones.

“The first day I drove past trash without freaking out that was a victorious day for me; that was a big day,” said Sergeant Chuck Loughlin.

Tonight, we are unveiling the details about the Oklahoma County Veterans Diversion Program, a get-out-of-jail card for deserving military members who find themselves on the wrong side of the law.

“I’ve seen people come in a mess, and I’ve seen them graduate completely new people,” said Army Private First Class, Tarra Gensler. “It’s remarkable. This program is designed to help us help ourselves.”

Join Ali Meyer at 10 p.m. Sunday as she talks with veterans whose lives have been revolutionized by the treatment.

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