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Turlock veteran overcomes mental hurdles with help of County program

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Four years ago, Turlock resident Kenneth Shipman no longer wanted to live. Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in the U.S. military, years of mental distress had led to substance abuse issues and court cases, which in turn alienated him from his family, his friends, his job and life as he knew it. 

Shipman led sheriff’s deputies on a chase in April 2016 which ended with his vehicle crashing into a high-voltage Turlock Irrigation District facility; he was driving under the influence and had hoped that the crash would kill him. When it didn’t, he fled the scene wishing that the officers would shoot him.

Shipman wasn’t shot, but was arrested. A day he had originally thought would be the end of his life turned into something miraculous when he went to court for the incident, where he was given a lifeline. Instead of serving five years in prison, he had the chance to complete the Stanislaus County Veterans Treatment Court program — an inter-agency collaborative, non-adversarial therapeutic justice program for veterans in the criminal justice system who suffer from PTSD or other psychological symptoms as a result of having served.

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Turlock’s Veterans’ Day celebration set for Wednesday

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The City of Turlock will host a socially distanced ceremony on Wednesday for the public in honor of Veterans’ Day.

The City of Turlock, in partnership with the Grand Oak Event Center, will host the annual event like a drive-in movie at the Grand Oak Event Center at 1450 Soderquist Rd. The event will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The ceremony will start with the presentation of colors and include guest speaker retired U.S. Marine and Turlock High School JROTC Senior Naval Science Instructor Major Kelly Cross. There also will be an acknowledgment of each military branch and several musical pieces.

“To all veterans, thank you for your service and sacrifices so that we can live in a free country,” said Mayor Amy Bublak. “I know that our community is profoundly grateful for all you have done to protect our nation. Thank you for your great personal sacrifice and unwavering commitment to our nation.”

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