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January 24, 2008
Dr. Steve Silver, a Vietnam vet who served for 26 years as  director of the inpatient PTSD program at the Coatesville V.A. Medical Center, recommends these services and Web sites to veterans and their families.  Also here is information on traumatic brain injury, considered to be the signature injury of the Iraq War. Veterans Administration V eterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom are eligible for two years worth of services from the V.A. after their return (that eligibility may be increased this year)
NEWS
August 1, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
Don Karpowich said he was determined to make lawmakers understand how deeply distressed many veterans are when he testified last month in favor of a New Jersey bill that would allow them to use medical marijuana for post-traumatic stress disorder. Karpowich, a disabled veteran who has been diagnosed with PTSD, said that when he spoke to the members of the state Senate's health committee, he "looked into each one of their eyes" and explained how 22 veterans a day commit suicide nationwide.
NEWS
September 6, 2011 | By LINDSEY TANNER, Associated Press
CHICAGO - A study of students' reactions to shootings on their Illinois college campus gives fresh insight into how genes may influence the psychological impact of traumatic events. The researchers found that symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder were more common in Northern Illinois University students who had certain variations in a gene that regulates levels of serotonin, a brain chemical linked with mood that is the target of popular antidepressants. The researchers say the results could someday lead to new treatments for PTSD, and also could help predict who will develop the condition, which could be useful for soldiers involved in combat.
NEWS
May 11, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Years after he was exposed to Agent Orange in the steamy jungles of Vietnam, Bob Evans was prescribed morphine to kill his excruciating pain. He lived mostly in a stupor until early last year, when he began weaning himself off the addictive drug. A few months later, Evans, 66, surprised his family and friends by dancing with his daughter, Amanda, at her wedding. "I feel so much better," Evans said in an interview last month in the Mount Laurel home he shares with his wife, Donna.
NEWS
November 12, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Von Wiggins laughed at the small troubles he got into back in his Army days. "One time I was hanging around the female barracks [at Fort Meade] and I didn't leave when they told me to," he recalled last week over breakfast near his home in Rhawnhurst. It was around 1971. He was 23, just back from Vietnam, feeling carefree. But the memory of that bloodied old man hunched over those rocks still haunted him. So did the wave of terror he'd felt when that flapping motion outside his bunker revealed itself to be a hand in the moonlight.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2012 | By David Sell, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Concerned about "suspicions" of overprescribing antipsychotic drugs, the Pentagon took steps in the last few weeks to limit the use of those powerful medicines to treat the growing legion of war fighters suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. For Stan and Shirley White, the limits can't go into effect soon enough because, in their case, it's already too late. The retired educators' youngest son, Andrew, was an Eagle scout, a baseball player, and an honor student in high school near the family home in Cross Lanes, W.Va.
NEWS
September 16, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
Gov. Christie, surprising skeptics, on Wednesday approved a bill that will allow people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder to use medical marijuana when conventional treatments fail. Patients and their advocates had lobbied for the bill for more than a year, citing statistics that show military veterans with PTSD have a high rate of suicide. "I'm ecstatic, I'm happily surprised, I'm going to go get my card," said Don Karpowich, 57, an Air Force special operations veteran from Morristown with PTSD who has attended several demonstrations at the Statehouse over the last year to push for the bill.
NEWS
August 16, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
Military veterans and New Jersey lawmakers are lobbying Gov. Christie with new vigor to approve a bipartisan bill that would allow marijuana use to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. In the past, the Christie administration had rebuffed requests to add the condition to the list of ailments that qualify for cannabis use. But Christie did not rule out signing the bill when asked about it two weeks ago at a news conference. "I'll read it," he said, softening a bit from his oft-repeated previous statements that he would veto any expansion of the six-year-old medical marijuana program.
NEWS
August 3, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
A bill that would let victims of post-traumatic stress disorder use medical marijuana passed the New Jersey Senate on Monday. An identical bill was approved by the Assembly on June 16, so the measure now awaits Gov. Christie's consideration. "Veterans - especially post-9/11 veterans - are the group most affected by PTSD," Sen. Vince Mazzeo (D., Atlantic) said in a release. "The VA has stated that it wants each veteran to find the medication with the least amount of side effects that allows them the optimum level of independence.
NEWS
August 10, 2016 | By Ronnie Polaneczky
For Julie Keeton, the only thing worse than learning that the Short family died over the weekend - the result of a murder-suicide - has been the presumption by some that Megan Short, who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, was the shooter. "Media outlets are spinning a narrative that the PTSD could've been her motive," says Keeton, a friend of Short. "I don't believe for a minute that she did this. " Keeton seethes at headlines like "MOTHER STRUGGLED WITH EMOTIONS," in Monday's Reading Eagle.
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September 16, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
Gov. Christie, surprising skeptics, on Wednesday approved a bill that will allow people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder to use medical marijuana when conventional treatments fail. Patients and their advocates had lobbied for the bill for more than a year, citing statistics that show military veterans with PTSD have a high rate of suicide. "I'm ecstatic, I'm happily surprised, I'm going to go get my card," said Don Karpowich, 57, an Air Force special operations veteran from Morristown with PTSD who has attended several demonstrations at the Statehouse over the last year to push for the bill.
NEWS
September 9, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
For more than a month, Gov. Christie has not taken any action on a widely touted bipartisan bill that would allow people with post-traumatic stress disorder to use medical marijuana. Military veterans and medical marijuana advocates in New Jersey have lobbied hard, and have held demonstrations at the Statehouse, to urge the Republican governor to approve the bill, approved by the Assembly and Senate on Aug. 1. The advocates say cannabis helps with insomnia and anxiety caused by repetitive memories of horrific events.
NEWS
August 16, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
Military veterans and New Jersey lawmakers are lobbying Gov. Christie with new vigor to approve a bipartisan bill that would allow marijuana use to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. In the past, the Christie administration had rebuffed requests to add the condition to the list of ailments that qualify for cannabis use. But Christie did not rule out signing the bill when asked about it two weeks ago at a news conference. "I'll read it," he said, softening a bit from his oft-repeated previous statements that he would veto any expansion of the six-year-old medical marijuana program.
NEWS
August 10, 2016 | By Ronnie Polaneczky
For Julie Keeton, the only thing worse than learning that the Short family died over the weekend - the result of a murder-suicide - has been the presumption by some that Megan Short, who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, was the shooter. "Media outlets are spinning a narrative that the PTSD could've been her motive," says Keeton, a friend of Short. "I don't believe for a minute that she did this. " Keeton seethes at headlines like "MOTHER STRUGGLED WITH EMOTIONS," in Monday's Reading Eagle.
NEWS
August 3, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
A bill that would let victims of post-traumatic stress disorder use medical marijuana passed the New Jersey Senate on Monday. An identical bill was approved by the Assembly on June 16, so the measure now awaits Gov. Christie's consideration. "Veterans - especially post-9/11 veterans - are the group most affected by PTSD," Sen. Vince Mazzeo (D., Atlantic) said in a release. "The VA has stated that it wants each veteran to find the medication with the least amount of side effects that allows them the optimum level of independence.
NEWS
August 1, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
Don Karpowich said he was determined to make lawmakers understand how deeply distressed many veterans are when he testified last month in favor of a New Jersey bill that would allow them to use medical marijuana for post-traumatic stress disorder. Karpowich, a disabled veteran who has been diagnosed with PTSD, said that when he spoke to the members of the state Senate's health committee, he "looked into each one of their eyes" and explained how 22 veterans a day commit suicide nationwide.
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June 9, 2016
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NEWS
January 21, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
A nine-year Army veteran who said he suffers from service-related post-traumatic stress disorder was sentenced Tuesday to 18 to 36 years in prison for strangling a woman in 2012 during a night fueled by drink and crack cocaine. Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi told Larry Rodriguez that although officials were not able to access his military records, she did not doubt he suffered from PTSD. But DeFino-Nastasi said it was equally clear Rodriguez knew he became very violent when using alcohol and crack, because in 2008 he tried to strangle his mother.
NEWS
November 12, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Von Wiggins laughed at the small troubles he got into back in his Army days. "One time I was hanging around the female barracks [at Fort Meade] and I didn't leave when they told me to," he recalled last week over breakfast near his home in Rhawnhurst. It was around 1971. He was 23, just back from Vietnam, feeling carefree. But the memory of that bloodied old man hunched over those rocks still haunted him. So did the wave of terror he'd felt when that flapping motion outside his bunker revealed itself to be a hand in the moonlight.
NEWS
July 29, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE CADET FROM Northeast Philly left at dawn yesterday in her freshly starched uniform, nervous and ready for something new, but the person she'd always imagined kissing goodbye before that journey began wasn't there to see her go. Maria Gill was a Catholic school teacher when she fell for Philadelphia firefighter Timothy Gill. It was the uniform, she said. When he'd come home after a shift, Maria would listen to Tim's stories while she graded papers or prepared lesson plans, and she was drawn in by his tales of firehouse bonds, the big cookouts between the runs and those days when they'd beat back the flames and feel blessed to be alive.
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