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Sara Hertwig
Hondo Underwood, a former inmate of the veterans unit, poses for a photo at the Jeffco Courthouse, May 15, 2018.
Jail's veterans unit provides inmates with sense of purpose, direction

The bang of the jail cell door was enough to jolt some of the veterans from a deep sleep and catapult them back to combat.

“At night, the loud pop of the door opening would scare a lot of us. Or we’d be asleep, and we’d just wake up panicked. It’s kind of stressful,” said Hondo Underwood, a Marine Corps veteran and one of the first inmates to be part of the Jeffco jail’s veterans unit.