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Veteran Unlawfully Held in State Hospital for More Than 2 Decades. Are There More Like Him?

Veteran Unlawfully Held in State Hospital for More Than 2 Decades. Are There More Like Him?

When Mark first glimpsed his brother, Alan Alter, being escorted by Sheriff’s Deputies out the back door of the San Diego County Jail, he let out a laugh of stunned relief. It was Jan. 7, 2021, and the first time he had seen or even talked to his brother in decades. For nearly 24 years, Alan Alter, a 71-year-old veteran of the Vietnam War had been unlawfully committed to a California state hospital, according to his attorney. The commitment, NBC 7 found, was the result of a sequence of trickle-down oversights starting at the top, with the state of California’s Department of Corrections and...

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