Grant awarded to New Mexico to help vets avoid jailtime

A federal grant was awarded to New Mexico to provide resources for a diversion program for veterans in Sandoval County.

The $1.9 million grant will be used to give veterans increased access to services and ultimately, avoid problems with the criminal justice system. Specifically, the money will be used to treat veterans with mental illness and substance abuse problems.

Native American veterans and those living in rural areas are expected to benefit most from the grant, according to an AP report. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson said that the grant is expected to serve approximately 200 veterans over 5 years.