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January 22, 2008

PTSD Back in the News (Historical, Legal, Personal)

Although I try to read the New York Times online fairly regularly, I did manage to miss the beginning of  Deborah Sontag’s “War Torn,” series on PTSD on January 13 (a second installment appeared yesterday).  The series, which will apparently be focused mainly on killings in which veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan have been involved since their return, is very ambitious, yet the authors admit they are probbly missing several cases because the military does not keep its own records and is not being overly cooperative; thus nearly all the incidents reported had to be gleaned from civilian press reports in the various locations where they took place.

Nevertheless, the Times investigators have managed tio find 121 cases to analyze and discuss.  One seems more heartbraking than the next and to one who is familiar with the help cannabis can provide to people with PTSD, the head-in-the-sand attitude  still being exhibited by the VA is a source of great frustration.

Doctor Tom

Posted by tjeffo at January 22, 2008 07:00 AM