Orange County Sheriff’s Department opens its first jail units for U.S. veterans


U.S. Army Veteran Garrett F. earned two Purple Hearts while serving as an infantryman during deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He was shot in the chest and shoulder on combat missions in his five-year career. Post-release, Garrett hurt himself. Seeking to satisfy the void he felt from lacking the adrenaline rush of combat, Garrett fell into drug addiction and, eventually, crime. He now is serving time for a drug possession conviction at the Theo Lacy Facility in Orange. But Garrett, 39 and married, has more reason than ever to believe he has a shot at staying sober and getting his…

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