Sean Azzariti, a former corporal in the Marines, says medical marijuana saved his life.
Two tours in Iraq in 2003 and 2005 left him with post-traumatic stress disorder, and he was barely getting by on a cocktail of antidepressants, Adderall and sleeping pills. With few options, he said, he did some research on marijuana and began taking it shortly after leaving the Marine Corps in 2006.
“It changed my life,” he told The Washington Times. “I wouldn’t be talking to you right now if I kept taking those pills.”
WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) posed a question to his colleagues on Capitol Hill this Sunday: If lawmakers are willing to spend billions of dollars on war, why are they less willing to invest in the welfare of veterans when they come home?
AN epidemic of veteran suicide in America cuts across generations of men and women who have served their country. The death toll this year alone averages 22 veterans a day.
U.S. Senate Bill 2182, the Suicide Prevention for America’s Veterans Act, was introduced late last month by U.S. Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., the first Iraq vet to serve in the Senate. Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray is a co-sponsor.
Having a U.S. House member from Washington state introduce the legislation in that chamber would merit high praise.
After a combat tour in Iraq, Kris Goldsmith was discharged from the Army in 2007 for attempting suicide.
His superiors wrote him up for malingering and not being on a plane to his second combat deployment - a flight he missed because he was locked in an Army hospital psychiatric ward. He was given a general discharge that stripped him of some veterans benefits.
Veterans of the war on terrorism say they deserve a monument in downtown Washington to recognize their sacrifices, but they are hindered by a rule that says a conflict must be long finished in order to build a memorial, leading some to wonder how to commemorate a “never-ending war.”
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America wants a location by the end of 2015 for a monument to those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, the major battlefields of the war on terrorism.
Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Sen. John Walsh (D-MT), the first Iraq War combat veteran to serve in the United States Senate, and Tom Tarantino, Chief Policy Officer at IAVA and former Army officer, spoke to CNN about veteran suicides, the cost of war, and Walsh’s bill, the Suicide Prevention Act for American Veterans.
Due to the Commemorative Works Act of 1997, Congress cannot authorize a war memorial until 10 years after the war has ended, according to Lucy Kempy, urban planner with the National Capital Planning Commission. This rule is causing problems for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America who would like to erect a memorial in Washington D.C. for serviceman who have lost their loves in the War on Terror.
The Veterans of Foreign War is responding to a New York Times column linking military service to right-wing extremist groups by asking its nearly 2 million members to flood the paper with emails relating "good stories" about their experiences in the military and as veterans.
The op-ed piece by a Northwestern University professor used FBI data to argue that war-returned veterans have historically played a part in a resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan and similar groups.
Standing along the historic “Canyon of Heroes” route in lower Manhattan, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a group of veterans this week urged the city to work with the U.S. Department of Defense to host a celebration welcoming home individuals who served their country in Afghanistan and Iraq.