Pasadena, CA (PRWEB) February 18, 2011
On February 10, 2011, the Pasadena Weekly Newspaper published an article written by City Reporter Andre Coleman entitled: Court of first resort, Judges and prosecutors take another look at stressed-out war vets in trouble with the law. The article was about a legal conference for judges and attorneys sponsored by the Criminal Courts Bar Association and Vietnam Veterans of America San Gabriel Valley Chapter 446. The article also mentioned that the conference featured "presentations by former Pasadena Mayor Bill Paparian — an attorney, former Marine, longtime veterans advocate and a member of both groups."
The legal conference focused on post-traumatic stress disorder, An anxiety-related illness that usually manifests in odd or violent behavior after a person deals with an event involving the threat of injury or death, PTSD has become a leading problem in civilian life for troops returning home from war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. Of the 1.7 million military personnel who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, 300,000 suffer with PTSD to some degree, according to recent study conducted by the RAND Corp. Despite these high numbers, only half of the solders have sought help, and an increasing number are now surfacing in the criminal justice system, with many police officers lacking the training to deal with them properly.
Pasadena Criminal Defense Attorney Bill Paparian was quoted in the article: “It’s an important issue. The phenomenon is very compelling,” Paparian said. “Increasing numbers of the returning soldiers are now surfacing in the criminal justice system, and about 15,000 of them are in LA County.” The Pasadena Weekly article also recognized his work on behalf of veterans: "Paparian’s passion for veterans’ affairs has never waned over the years. In the early 1990s, while a member of the City Council, he helped fellow veterans erect the Vietnam War Memorial, now located in Memorial Park in Old Pasadena. Also as a councilman, Paparian fought to keep the Marine reserve unit in his East Pasadena district, earning him the Outstanding Military Volunteer Medal in 1997."
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