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Washington County Attorney Pete Orput speaks Monday at the Washington County Government Center in Stillwater where his office unveiled a program to help rehabilitate combat veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder instead punishing them criminally. Bulletin photo by Jon Avise

Washington County Attorney's Office launches alternative court program for troubled military veterans

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Still struggling with the stresses of war that resulted from a career as a highly-trained Army Ranger, Hector Matascastillo didn't want to get better. He says he wanted to die.

The veteran of multiple deployments stood on his snowy Lakeville lawn on Jan. 24, 2004 with guns in hand, squaring off with police in an armed stand-off that saw him facing up to 45 years in prison.

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