Friday, April 18, 2008


AP - Roughly one in every five U.S. troops who have survived the bombs and other dangers of Iraq and Afghanistan now suffers from major depression or post-traumatic stress, an independent study said Thursday. It estimated the toll at 300,000 or more. As many or more report possible brain injuries from explosions or other head wounds, said the study, the first major survey from outside the government. Only about half of those with mental health problems have sought treatment. Even fewer of those with head injuries have seen doctors.

Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) has introduced a bill to decriminalize the personal use of marijuana and legalize the use of marijuana when prescribed for medical purposes. "I think it is poor law enforcement to keep on the books legislation that establishes as a crime something which in fact society does not seriously wish to prosecute," said Frank. The bill would remove all federal criminal sanctions for possession of up to 100 grams of marijuana. Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) is an original co-sponsor of the bill.

Podcast: Steffie Woolhandler, co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program talks with George Kenney about real health reform, which is to say single payer, not the fake versions being pushed by all three major presidential candidates.



At April 18, 2008 5:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enough studies on the "poor troops," who volunteered to fight for the empire, and get paid for their murders in Iraq. What proportion of the empire's victims, the people of Iraq, are suffering from depression, PTSD, and bodily injury? They are the first victims that should be counted.

At April 19, 2008 7:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous 2:57, get a clue. Few if any of the people in the armed forces volunteered to fight in an illegal war of aggression perpetrated on them, as well as the American people, by the Bush crime syndicate. They are mostly "poor" in the economic sense and saw the military as their only hope for access to education and a way to better themselves and their families.

On a different note... I wouldn't be surprised if medical marijuana has potential to help those distressed vets when they come home.


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