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Fred Gardner – Veterans Suicide Epidemic Proves Lucrative for Therapists

Marine Corps veterans have formed their own suicide-prevention network for reasons laid out in a very powerful article by Dave Philipps in the New York Times. The men Philipps writes about served in the Second Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment (the 2/7), in Afghanistan. Many had been deployed in Iraq, too. No one knows whether the battalion’s suicide rate is abnormally high or a common trait of fighting units …

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Jason M. Breslow – New: 96% Deceased NFL Players Test Positive for Brain Disease

A total of 87 out of 91 former NFL players have tested positive for the brain disease at the center of the debate over concussions in football, according to new figures from the nation’s largest brain bank focused on the study of traumatic head injury. Researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University have now identified the degenerative disease …

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Daniel Barker – VA hospital kills more American soldiers than our enemies

The extent of the shameful neglect on the part of the Department of Veterans Affairs toward sick veterans seeking health care is only now becoming apparent. A leaked document has revealed that more than 238,000 veterans died while their applications for treatment were pending. That’s nearly one-third of the more than 800,000 veterans with pending VA health care applications. The …

Marijuana Legalization 2015: PTSD And Cannabis — Can Researchers Cut Through The Politics To Find Out Whether Weed Works? By Joel Warner

CASCADE, Colorado — Matt Stys funnels a mound of finely ground God’s Gift, a sativa strain of marijuana, into his multicolored glass bowl and takes a hit. “It allows the images and all the things in your head to lose focus and drift away for a while,” says Stys as wisps of smoke curl from his mouth. For Stys, the …

U.S. Government to America’s Vets: Drop Dead

U.S. Government to America’s Vets: Drop Dead Richard Gale and Gary Null, PhD Progressive Radio Network, July 19, 2010   From 1991 to 2003, hundreds of thousands of our bravest men and women sought help from the Veterans Administration, from the Defense Department, from the White House, all to no avail. The official word was that Gulf War Syndrome did …

America’s Killing Fields: The Forgotten Soldiers of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom

America’s Killing Fields: The Forgotten Soldiers of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Gary Null and Richard Gale Progressive Radio Network, July 19, 2010   From 1991 to 2003, hundreds of thousands of our bravest men and women sought help from the Veterans Administration, from the Defense Department, from the White House, all to no avail. The official word …

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VA turns U.S. military vets into suicidal drug addicts while Big Pharma rakes in profits by J. D. Heyes

A year ago, as the summer of 2013 dawned, the Obama Administration was hit with yet another scandal, one that would resonate with Democrat and Republican voters: VA Hospitals around the country were falsifying appointment records in order to satisfy treatment quotas, leaving scores of veterans without care which led to the deaths of perhaps 1,000 men and women who had honorably served their …

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New Study Finds ‘Staggering’ Suicide Rates Among Female Veterans – Nadia Prupis

Female veterans commit suicide at nearly six times the rate of civilian women and at rates nearly equal to that of male veterans, according to new government statistics which expose disturbing questions about the experiences of women who serve in the armed forces. A cross-sectional study published in Psychiatric Services, which compiled 11 years’ worth of data from the U.S. Department of Veterans …

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Obamacare’s health plan choice benefits are vastly overrated – Dr. Philip Caper

It is well documented that many other countries have created health care systems that are more popular than ours, cover everybody, are more effective as measured by better health outcomes, are better able to restrain increases in costs and, therefore, have per-capita costs that are a fraction of ours. One of the reasons for the popularity of universal health care systems elsewhere …

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Obama Blocks Tens of Thousands of Military Veterans from Owning Guns – Tim Devaney

The Obama administration is unfairly blocking tens of thousands of military veterans from owning guns, a Republican senator is charging. The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is filled with military veterans who are essentially banned from owning guns, even though they may not be a danger to society, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) wrote this …