The properties in Cannabis helped many Veterans, also those in the civilian community coping with individual damaging trauma's, cope after Vietnam, with those from Korea and even WWII joining them, and since with the known and finally named PTS as well as any other anxieties of, hell on earth, war theaters. As long as they didn't abuse the use of like some would, and still do, with alcohol and other drugs, easing the painful memories as well as making some sort of sense to what man does to his and her fellow man. This while those served were eager to ignore the many issues of service to them especially in our wars and others were making very comfortable livings as experts(?) in denying for personal fame and fortune many issues even existed. Thus the greater majority, poser patriots, need not pay the costs of caring for and are led in that by the decades long conservative, mostly, ideologies of those they hire as public servants, including Veterans, to not fully fund nor build the peoples responsibility and promises, the Veterans Administration, during and after the flag waving wars!
Amy Rising, an Air Force veteran, smokes medical marijuana. She says the drug helps her deal with severe anxiety after four years at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, where she coordinated bombings and other missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Kevin Cook/For The Washington Post)
November 15 2014 - Every morning, former Air Force senior airman Amy Rising makes breakfast for her second-grader, drives him to school and returns home to prepare what she calls her medicine.
She suffers from severe anxiety after four years working in the frenetic global command center at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, coordinating bombings and other missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Rising says she has found a treatment that helps her cope. But her local Veterans Affairs hospital does not provide it — because her medicine is a joint.
At a time when the legalized use of marijuana is gaining greater acceptance across the country, Rising is among a growing number of veterans who are coming out of the “cannabis closet” and pressing the government to recognize pot as a legitimate treatment for the wounds of war. They say it is effective for addressing various physical and psychological conditions related to military service — from chronic back pain and neuropathic issues to panic attacks and insomnia — and often preferable to widely prescribed opioid painkillers and other drugs. read more>>>
Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, issues! As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded, VA budget is still borrowed thus added, problem creating, costs that shouldn't exist!