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First graduate of Youngstown Veterans Treatment Court back in the Valley

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The first graduate of Youngstown's Veterans Treatment Court told other veterans what they have to look forward to, if they stick with this program.

Curtis Minifield traveled from San Diego to take part in his third reunion.

He talked about his 30 years of drug addiction after living with the horrors of combat during the Vietnam War and how the court restored his pride and gave him a chance.

"That's what this judge does. He let me see my inside, the real me again. He gave me pride and compassion. I love life now. I don't want to commit suicide, never would do drugs; don't need it," Minifield said.

Minifield was in the Valley as part of a graduation ceremony and reunion of graduates from the program.

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