California Courts on Active Duty
By Justice Eileen C. Moore
In many ways, we Americans have progressed in the way we treat our service members and veterans. During the Vietnam War, it was not uncommon for people to spit on soldiers as they walked through airports. One wonders what Vietnam vets are thinking when they see current veterans being applauded in the same setting. At least today’s better treatment shows Americans have learned we can hate a war but still love our warriors.
The United States has more than a million members of the military and almost 22 million veterans. About ten percent are from California. With contemporary favorable attitudes about our military, it is little wonder legal issues involving members of the service and veterans are appearing in all areas of our courts.