As strange as this might sound to many, Maryland is a military state. In addition to significant and prominent military bases, and a world renowned academy, Maryland is home to over 450,000 veterans. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, we are home to over 28,000 men and women who fought in either Iraq or Afghanistan, and in many cases, both. Unfortunately, of those, one in five is adversely impacted by that service, often suffering mental health issues, often accompanied by ill-advised self-medication. The result of this often silent fact is that too many of our veterans are unnecessarily finding themselves in a court that is neither prepared nor able to address the unique challenges faced by these veterans. Compounding the problem is the stoic nature of many who served in the military. Despite the military's best efforts to try to de-stigmatize mental health issues, soldiers are still loath to either admit problems or seek help.