PTSD

Veterans Want Coverage For Medical Marijuana

Mar 15, 2016
Cassandra Basler / WSHU

At the counter of a dispensary in South Windsor, Conn., veteran Eddie Adkins flipped through a laminated menu of medical marijuana strains, doses and prices. He asked dispensary technician Lauren Boyette about a Cannibis sativa strain that he needs to treat his PTSD.

LI Congressional Delegation Unites on Vets Bill

Mar 10, 2016
Terry Sheridan / WSHU

Long Island’s four members of Congress are lining up behind the Fair Veterans Act, which would help veterans who were less-than-honorably discharged due to undiagnosed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 

Craig LeMoult

When former U.S. Marine Conley Monk, of West Haven, Conn., received paperwork telling him that he’d won his decades-long fight to have his service recognized by the military as honorable, he was speechless.

“I didn’t even have any words. I was just so happy,” Monk remembered, leafing through the papers that came in the mail when his discharge was upgraded. “You know, I just wish my father and mother was alive because I wanted them to see this day.”

It has been a decades-long quest for Monk to clear his name and have his service in Vietnam recognized.

Post Traumatic-Stress Disorder is a fairly common diagnosis among veterans returning from battle in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the psychological impact of war on soldiers is hardly new.

Professor Matt Warshauer of Central Connecticut State University has been researching instances of PTSD during the Civil War, which was then referred to as Soldier's Heart. His research has been tripped up by a relatively modern medical issue: privacy.

An Army National Guard veteran from East Haven, Connecticut filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday saying the Army discharged him with an incorrect mental health diagnosis. Lawyers for the man say thousands may not be receiving needed benefits as a result of misdiagnosis.