Judge David Shakes, an Army Colonel vet as well as the district judge who presided over the El Pas County Veterans Trauma Court, explains his view and understanding of the important of veteran treatment. “If they suffer as a result of their service, it is our national duty to come to their aid,” he writes. In Colorado Springs, The program has helped over 352 veterans to reengage of the community family and their country. The El Paso program is now one of nearly 400 veteran treatment courts across the nation. Investments in training for new and season programs as well as technical assistance are critical and directly correlate to the continued support from the public, military community, and elected officials. judge shakes reiterates how are nation owes something to the men and women that serve our country.