Judge Forced To Sentence Army Vet To Jail, But Who Was Waiting For Him In Cell—He’s Not The Same



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When this army veteran broke the terms of his probation – and then lied about it – the judge knew that the guy had to serve his punishment. And so the judge threw him in jail. But then something unusual happened: minutes after the man entered his cell, he began sweating and shaking. Then the door rattled, and the jailer opened it. Amazingly, standing before the man, there in the doorway, was the judge who had him locked up.The man’s name is Joe Serna, and he is an army veteran. After three tours of duty in Afghanistan, the Green Beret Sergeant retired with almost two decades of service and a plethora of awards. In fact, among his many military accolades were two Purple Hearts – an honor only awarded to those injured or killed in service.Serna retired from the army and returned to his family in North Carolina in 2013. But as many former service personnel have found, re-adjusting to life on civilian street wasn’t easy. In fact, it wasn’t long before Serna found himself in trouble with the police. Yes, in 2014 Serna was arrested for driving while intoxicated and was consequently placed on probation.►For more articles visit:



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0623kaboom
i hate when they use the term disorder ... that is something you inherit like your looks ... post traumatic stress is an injury ... something you receive like when falling off your bike ... by calling it a disorder they make it seem like it is your fault that you are the way you are ... and not because of a situation you were in
999emergencyvehicles
Is everyone missing the point...he was drink driving....how would you all feel if he had drove into a crowd of people and killed someone?.
Alexa Penn
this is a very good person - an understanding and empathetic person - and the soldier is a good guy, too, having learned from this experience. thank you so much for reporting these kinds of stories. Americans really, really need to know there are good people here (and, of course, all over our world)!!
Angie Rae76
Wow!!! My FAITH in HUMANITY actually INCREASED by AT LEAST 25% after listening to this story.
Annie
WOW! What an awesome 'WALK THE WALK and TALK THE TALK\
Annie Register
Good men, hero's, actually. May the Good Lord Bless them both with peace & Love💓🙏🏻💜
BOMBON187
That's a judge that should be on the Supreme Court!
Bad Dog
I'm a veteran. I Was in jail in Portland once and a jailer was kind enough to leave the door cracked open and gave me a phone. Very kind!
Brandon Robinson
Name of song
Caro Quintero
Those hero's need our help. They need more, they gave all no question. They come back and the world is not the same they need more
Christopher NaPier
Thank you judge.
Darryl Brueske
The Judge was a good soul. He has compassion, and love in heart and soul. May The Lord Bless Him
Douglas Warner
THIS TOUCHED SO HARD i HAD TEARS STREAMING DOWN MY FACE . i WAS A CONTRACTOR IN iRAQ DRIVING A BUS ON 2 BASES IN AL ANBAR PROVINCE .ONE BASE WAS A FOB WITH MARINES AND I WAS THE ONLY BUS AND DRIVER .WHEN TROOPS CAME IN FOR A LITTLE R AND R SOME WOULD RIDE THE BUS AND TELL ME THEIR EXPERIENCES. IT WAS LIKE UNLOADING THEIR STRESS AND LETTING SOMEONE KNOW HOW IT WAS.I WASN'T SUPPOSE TO HEAR THIS AFTER ACTION REPORT BUT THEY NEEDED TO DECOMPRESS AND GET AWAY FROM THEIR LIFE FOR A FEW MINUTES AND TELL OF THEIR NEAR MISSES FROM DEATH. TO THEM IT WAS A BADGE OF HONOR AND DECOMPRESSING TO LET ME KNOW THEY WERE STRONG BUT ALSO VULNERABLE .I WENTO BED MANY NIGHTS THINKING OF THEIR STORIES AND SOME TIMES THOSE STORIES HAD YOUNG MEN DYING. MARINES THAT I KNEW AND ATE WITH EVEN THE IRAQI INTERPRETERS WHICH I GAINED TRUST FROM WITH MANY CONVERSATIONS. IT WAS THE MOST HUMANIZING THING I EVER WENT THROUGH TO SEE THE SOLDIERS AND INTERPRETERS WITH THEIR SILENT SUFFERING. MANY NIGHTS AND SOMETIMES AFTER CONVERSATIONS MANY TEARS AS I WAS STILL ON DUTY WORKING WAITING FOR MY NEXT RIDERS . THIS IS NOT ABOUT ME BUT THE SILENT SUFFERING OF OUR YOUNG MEN IN COMBAT AND WITHOUT BEING THEIR ONE CANNOT FULLY APPRECIATE WHAT THEY WENT THROUGH SO I WANT TO THANK THAT JUDGE FOR FULLY GIVING HIMSELF TO HIS WORK BECAUSE WITHOUT HIM THAT GREEN BERET THAT WAS IN JAIL MAY NOT HAVE COME OUT OF THIS WITH HIS LIFE .SO THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE AND COMPASSION I WISH THERE WERE MORE LIKE YOU
Dwayne Tayrien
I'm a disabled veteran and it's nice to see that a judge is willing to help instead of \
E Miff
Greetings from the UK. As an ex British Soldier I totally know what its like to feel this way. My soldiering days were back in the 70s and no one understood what Post traumatic stress was and I don't think that the powers that be in England cared. Luckily for me I had and still have a wonderful family and they along with my true friends (Soldiers) helped me through my troubles and I survived. I am alive today because I had people who cared about me. I am sincerely happy that someone was there to help you Joe. Keep strong my brother. God bless
Elijah Mumford
...so was that ''SGT\
Gazza 'rafale mozzy'
give this warrior a break and help him he has done a lot
HazyVEVO
i like the soundtrack name please?
J Bolo
and his name is JOE SERNAAAA!!!\n*BOM BADA BOMMMMMMM*
James 1224 Jefferson
I salute these men who tore down the barriers of class .They have meet as men who understand what the other has gone through yet stuck to their belief in mankind.
Jimbo A
Judge Olivera and Staff Sgt Serna, 2 people with Great Soul's.\n\nMost Judges are SATANIC and COLD.
Jimmy Harris
This judge is the best
Jo In
PTSD will NEVER be truly recognized. I wouldn't wish it on anyone! But i can tell you, experiencing death multiple times and seeing it take place in front of you is a very serious mental F***!
Joe Govanni
What is the purpose of defending your country and can't return to be a part of the so called freedom you fought for ! Traumatize from killing and destroying the lives of others while trying to stay alive yourself !!!!!!!
John Murphy
Sadly these vets that suffer from PTSD would have little difficulties about their tours if they put their faith in Jesus , Jesus can heal all wounds .
John Smithth
Geez that judge is, well we should see more of them
Johnathan Francis
Now he's an honorable judge.
Johnnie James
I’m a U.S. Army Veteran. This breaks my heart. Our country sends us to fight, but when we get home, there’s nothing there for us to help us recover. To see my Brothers in Arms, homeless and without sufficient health and mental care. SMH When will this government take care of SOLDIERS?
Joseph Clay
Thanks to you Judge for having compassion on this fellow veteran!
Julian Vera
I have a few family members serve one in marines and two in army but my tio (uncle) Juan (marines) had three of his best friends die right in front of him two were shot and one saved my tio by putting himself onto a grenade he now has severe ptsd
Julio Martinez
Wow. What a unique story. As a ordinary civilian,I never thought that a former military veteran that had PTSD had been held accountable for what he did. For operating a vehicle with a DUI charge. And had a spend a night in jail. And the judge,himself,had specially requested that he'd spend the night along with him in his jail cell. For a person who doesn't have PTSD,it may not seem like a big deal, but to someone who HAD a U.S. military veteran and had PTSD,it was a huge deal. And so,the humane wonderful deed had been done. Because the judge himself had also been in the military. And had knew what he had been through. Whether people want to understand PTSD or not,this wonderful judge had done a noble thing. Whether it had been a unusual situation or not. It comes to show you that it takes another person who had been a U.S. military veteran to another to understand that. An ordinary civilian like me wouldn't understand. Anyone who doesn't understand what goes on in the military,and has no idea what really goes on,and wants to realize that,yes,they are human like the rest of us. I'm not saying that they're better than the rest of us who'd never had seen the battlefield. Or had served in the military. But, facts are facts. And like it or not, people in America will always judge.
KSI Oxies
Background song ?
Kathleen Tyson
My older brother served two tours of duty in the Vietnam conflict.\nHe would come home a broken he was already an alcoholic but his addiction intensified when he received his honorable discharge .\nHis drinking took his entire life over but it was his blackouts that were fueled by the liquor were TERRIFYING for myself ,my parents and my other siblings one particular blackout remains with me today I was 18 I am now 68 and I remember every moment of that incident.\nHow I wish the help these brave men and women who have served our country in this day and age had been available for my brother.\nMay God bless every single man and women who have served our country be able to have a person such as this judge in their lives.
Kevin Enriquez
Even if he did stay in jail nobody would mess with him
Lark Raines
America needs more people like this. Our country used to be full of them. WW2 was won because of people like this. The man has not only one purple heart, but two. That doesn't even mean anything to most people anymore. Being a veteran myself, I'm amazed at how the world has changed in the last 20 years. The sense of entiltement, the consumerism, materialism, greed and arrogance that has come to define what America is now, makes me sad. There are no morals and values instilled in our children like there was 50 years ago. Even 20. God has slowly been taken out of our lives, schools, and activities, and it shows.
Liberty Barker
who can you trust?
Linda Flagg, MA, BCPCLC
ThankYou For Sharing.
Luminus
Kind judge with compassion & gave Joe another chance in life, no one is perfect & giving a helping hand is heartwarming.. Thanks for sharing & God bless!😇
Mad Patriot
RIGHTEOUS JUDGE,GOOD LOOKING OUT
Marcus K
This judge is a great human being! Compassionate and understanding towards brother in arms in need. Tears in my eyes. 😢My father was in the military from 18th until he was 55. POW survivor in WWII in Asia. Had night mares all of his life. Thanks for sharing 👍👊
Mary Ramirez
WOW... It would be wonderful to have more Judges like Judge Alivera... I'll bet Serna's life changed for the best after that...Nice job Judge!😀
Matthew Greene
Great job Your Honor!
Michael Elliot
Much love from Canada to the Judge and Service Member.
Michael Olin
I was going comment a question if this judge got the tiny bible from the chaplain before he went to boot camp, question answered halfway through... humanity restored.
Mpho Chabalala
Does anyone know the name of the background music
Mz Mac
🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸God Bless both heroes🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
NC State
As a veteran of Desert Storm this is Brotherhood at its finest God Bless America and the the men and women who serve this great country
Norman Smith
The worst human can still be corrected and saved with a helping hand ... because he is a human..!\nThe internet is filled with stories about thieves who save the lives of their capturing officers, for example.\nWhile being a veteran adds some emotions, but please, extend a helping hand to any human when you can ...!
North Yippie
My faith is restored in humankind. Thank you, Judge Olivera. You are a caring man, not removed from your fellowman's suffering. You got lucky, Cerna. Good for you.
Pedro Gomez
Thank you, Sir. For understand our brothers pain and caring for him.
Peggy Converse
As a PTSD survivor..I have unusual fears..so I live alone..rarely go out..never after dark. I'm terrified of putting myself in a situation that will result in a traumatic event. I am elated by this compassionate judge. Yes, the Vet broke \
Peter A
Don’t expect this in virginia. Left that state asap and stopped thinking that cops, judges, prosecutors and the rest are honest.
Philip Weiss
For he who sheds his blood with me today shall be my brother . . . .
Psyphyre Bloodrose
This judge did what all Humans should do. He enforced the law, passed punishment, but he, also, read the accused background history, understood what that accused would be dealing with mentally. This judge showed what we need to practice and how to interact with others through True Humanity...exactly what Jesus lived and died trying to teach us and the guidelines we need to follow to maintain and provide it.
Rhea ann
Wow touching story ...kind judge
Rickey Frantz
That is what a true brother in arms is all about. No judge, no defendant jus two brothers sharing a meal and swappin stories. That's what it's all about.
Robin Bates
What a AMAZING judge. I am so glad they have each other to talk to, when they need that one person who knows what they are going through. Hopefully, others can learn from this and help in any way they can. Respect for the judge for being there for this vet. And, a \
Robin Skinner
Thank you both for your service!!!!! It is because of brave men and women like you that we still have the freedoms we still have today. I am proud to be a American.
Rolo Rolo
Thank you BOTH for your service! \u003c3
SC IA
This judge was blessed with the wisdom of Solomon and incredible generosity of spirit.
SSG Gilda Wright
THE SOLDIER’S CREED\n\nI am an American Soldier. I am a Warrior and a member of a team. I serve the people of the United States and live the Army Values. I will always place the mission first. I will never except defeat. I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade. I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my Warrior tasks and drills. I always maintain my arms, my equipment, and myself. I am an expert and I am an professional. I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close combat. I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life. I am a Soldier.\n\nNONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER CREED\n\nNo one is more professional than I. I am a Noncommissioned Officer, a leader of Soldiers. As a Noncommissioned Officer, I realize that I am a member of a time honored corps, which is known as “The Backbone of the Army.” I am proud of the Corps of Noncommissioned Officers, and will at all times conduct myself so as to bring credit upon the Corps, the military service, and my country; regardless of the situation in which I find myself. I will not use my grade or position to attain pleasure, profit, or personal safety.\n\nCompetence is my watch-word. My two basic responsibilities will always be uppermost in my mind: Accomplishment of my mission and the welfare of my Soldiers. I will strive to remain technically and tactically proficient. I am aware of my role as a Noncommissioned Officer, I will fulfill my responsibilities inherent in that role. All Soldiers are entitled to outstanding leadership; I will provide that leadership. I know my Soldiers, and I will always place their needs above my own. I will communicate consistently with my Soldiers, and never leave them uninformed. I will be fair and impartial when recommending both rewards and punishment.\n\nOfficers of my unit will have maximum time to accomplish their duties; they will not have to accomplish mine. I will earn their respect and confidence as well as that of my Soldiers. I will be loyal to those with whom I serve; seniors, peers, and subordinates alike. I will exercise initiative by taking appropriate action in the absence of orders. I will not compromise my integrity, nor my moral courage. I will not forget, nor will I allow my comrades to forget that we are professionals, Noncommissioned Officers, leaders!\n\nL - Loyalty\nD - Duty\nR - Respect \nS - Selfless Service\nH - Honor\nI - Integrity\nP - Personal Courage\n\nLEADERSHIP!!!!\n\nHOOAH!!! Blessings from Texas 🤠
Salome Garber
May God bless you judge for your care and compassion.
Sam Thornhill
The judge needs to be considered for the Supreme Court. This is amazing what he has done for that Soldier. I'm speechless
Sami Evans
Respect.... goes a long way and in many ways.
Scott Miskowiak
That's an awesome act by a judge. He knew he had to sentence him, but also knew the guy needed help and the right person to help him was somebody who had served in the military as well.
Sinclair Jones
What an amazing show of kindness and compassion for a judge to do something like that. There is a lesson to be learned from such an amazing gesture. There aren't many judges that would do something so amazing. Way to go. That is justice for all.
Smitty Smith
The judge in my divorce and custody hearing was a Marine Lt. in Vietnam Nam. \nHe saw the small EGA on my shirt pocket.\nNeedless to say I won and got full custody of all 3 of my kids. It did come with certain “orders” that he knew I would understand and follow. I did and life is good.
Stephen
Amazing! What's the song?
Stewart Cleesen
Good story indeed. To all svc members that may read this post.\nTHANK YOU!! that statement is hardly enough to cover what most of you do but just know many many of us appreciate you and are greatfull for your service. May GOD BLESS YOU IN ALL YOU DO.
SuperMnew
Ditch the background music--it's creepy!
TALLAT SOHAIL Sohail
The Afghan are people who have no brains they sell narcotic sell there daughters kidnapped innocents people why rest of world pay them they are like tail of dogs
Tackz One
Nice story & I do thank Joe Serna for his great service. That being said, I never served in the military. I was refused because of an early bout' with mental disorder in the late 80s. Though, I have done A LOT of good in my life for many people, including fostering a new born baby for 11 months (child of an drug addicted mother) & saving a woman from being carjacked in a Wal Mart parking lot. I pay taxes & recycle as best I'm able. One night a few years back, I made a big mistake & ended up getting a DUI. On a rural road with literally NO vehicles anywhere near. I was given ZERO breaks & shown NO compassion. I did jail time, suspended license & thousands in fines & related costs. And that conviction will stay on my record for life. No one ever said life was fair, huh?
Terrence Seidel
The Judge is a Honourable Military Person!!!!
TheCapstone100
I can't watch another nollygrio video today. I am in tears. How compassionate! This judge changed the life of this young man through his gesture of love. This young man will never be the same.
ThePParadigm
F this story. Serna is nothing to revere. Grow up America and put your respects into teachers and peacemakers, not illegal murdering for profit and US comfort. Fkng sick.
Thomas LaRue
Best judge ever
Thorel Jorel
Props
Tina Marie Farmer
my soul is touched.
Walter Strasser
Please anyone know this song
Who What
Great story! Kudos to those that made it possible! Respect and well wishes to all those that serve!!!!!!
Will Romero
A real man wishes he could be half the man of this vet..... AMERICA WAKE UP WE R ONE..
Willard Lentz
That Judge is a 1 in a billion
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...I AM A VETERAN WHO SUFFERS WITH THESE EXACT SAME SYMPTOMS !
carolynn markiewicz
How absolutely Awesome!\nNo one realizes how much these men and women go thru.God Bless them
cosmic voyager
This is the type of judge we need on the SUPREME COURT. \nThis is an amazing judge who is as wise as Solomon. The love and compassion towards his fellow man is simply astounding and wonderful.
grand unified
This is who should be supreme court judge
irishbreakfast
YES! a great description of a panic attack/claustrophobia episode!!!! its just like that! im acutely claustrophobic as well and suffer from ptsd as well. it makes me just pass out. I have a bad heart now and that circumstance would be the death of me. I might survive the first hour at best. but the terror of it might get me in the first 5 -15 minutes. poor guy. hes a shell-shocked killing machine whos programmed for violence and has had the spectre of death loomin over him for 20 years. no doubt he is claustrophobic with panic disorder. whether your shot at with bullets blown up with bombs trapped in sinking cars, or emotionally injured and mentally scarred by the wrongdoings that were done unto you, through no fault of your own, over and over again, and were exposed to life threatening danger constantly, you still end up having the same disorders. panic disorder and claustrophobia. even sudden outbursts of out-of-context/proportion rage.(much to the dismay of those around you.) a jail cell is the WORST place for anyone like us, me or this guy. this kind of stress is enough to cause someone like us a massive heart attack.
k1ngw00d
Cool story bro
lexxx the destroyer
this should be trending
looseparashoot
C'mon AMERICA THIS IS US OUR OWN LETS TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN OUR OWN WARRIORS OUR OWN LIVES!!!
lorcis1
omg, what a beautiful story, thank you judge for being such a great man, thank you Cerna for your service, I too served, both in the British Army and the Israeli Army, the Golani. thank you.
mensa517
Thanks judge for compassion and understanding
missy mason
What amazing human being....compassion heart hope....trust.
rich k
he signed up for this... his problem he got paid....
rodmis1
Those are my Army brothers. I wish I can find someone so understandable in my life like this judge
uhlbalk
Why isn't this judge, who has compassion and common sense, a Supreme Justice?
valerie glasgow
There are all kinds of good people that walk different paths in life. I hope this story will help many others and possibly start up a support group in many cities.
will k
💖AWESOME💖