August 16, 2016 |
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.
August 10, 2016 |
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.
August 3, 2016 |
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.
August 1, 2016 |
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.
June 9, 2016
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January 21, 2016 |
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.
November 12, 2015 |
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.
July 29, 2015 |
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.
May 16, 2015 |
Passengers who survived this week's Amtrak crash may have a rough month ahead of them, psychologically speaking, but most will recover on their own without much help from professionals. "Most people will naturally figure this out and come out of it," said David Yusko, clinical director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. Predicting who won't is more challenging, he said. He and Kenneth Reinhard, a New York psychologist who worked for decades at a VA hospital, agreed that educating people about what they are likely to feel - normalizing those painful emotions - would help them accept and process their responses.
May 11, 2015 |
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.