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Judge allows class-action lawsuit by veterans with PTSD

Thousands of Navy and Marine Corps veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who developed post-traumatic stress disorder but were denied Veterans Affairs health benefits have been given a green light to …


Colbert I. King: Stepping out of the shadows of my depression

I don’t know much about Jason Kander, except what I read about him in the news. A former Army intelligence officer and Afghanistan veteran. First millennial to win a statewide …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, noon

‘A different kind of war’: Attorney thinks veteran may hold record for longest-delayed award from the VA

Dunlap is a prolific record-keeper. It’s that very quality, combined with a sheer, obstinate refusal to fold, that led to his victory Aug. 10: the award of benefits dating back …


Psychedelic drugs change brain cells in ways that could help fight depression, addiction and more

Psychedelic drugs’ mind-expanding properties may be rooted in their ability to prompt neurons to branch out and create new connections with other brain cells, new research has found.


Marine sentenced for hate crime at Iraqi restaurant in Portland

A highly decorated active-duty Marine who slammed a chair into the neck and shoulder of an employee at an Iraqi restaurant in Portland has been sentenced to five years of …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 26, 2017, 7:18 p.m.

Veterans are key as surge of states OK medical pot for PTSD

Twenty-eight states plus the District of Columbia now include PTSD in their medical marijuana programs, a tally that has more than doubled in the last two years, according to data …


Sue Lani Madsen: Time to discard outdated stereotypes about mental health

While the struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder is real, the stereotype of mental illness as the cause of violence is not. It’s a cringe-inducing link for those who know and …


Review: ‘Thank You for Your Service’ reveals a harrowing veteran experience

“Thank You for Your Service” explores the devastation of PTSD suffered by American soldiers returning home in 2007, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Washington Post journalist David Finkel embedded with a …


MDMA, born as club drug Ecstasy, is ‘breakthrough therapy’ for PTSD

Just as cannabis is gaining traction as a legitimate treatment option for military veterans, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the “breakthrough therapy” designation to MDMA – the …


Specialist helps law enforcement with investigation trauma

Court records say two bodies were discovered in chemical-filled plastic tubs in the basement of a Montana home, and that detectives found knives and an ax covered in blood and …


The 34-year-old neuroscientist developing a drug to prevent depression and PTSD

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Rebecca Brachman sat at a table in a quiet area of the convention center Monday evening when a man approached her. “Your talk inspired me. I …


Colorado lawmakers approve pot for PTSD, with new limits

Post-traumatic stress sufferers may soon qualify for medical pot in Colorado.


UPDATED: Mon., April 17, 2017, 12:50 p.m.

Army should factor PTSD in discharge decisions, veterans’ lawsuit claims

A federal lawsuit alleges the U.S. Army has issued less-than-honorable discharges for potentially thousands of service members without adequately considering the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health …


Iraqis haunted by war overwhelm mental health facilities

Six-year-old Mustafa suffers nightmares, cries at the sound of airplanes and occasionally wets himself, symptoms that worsened last year when an explosion in Mosul killed his cousin and wounded his …


Microsoft workers say reviewing graphic content caused PTSD

Two former Microsoft workers are claiming their work reviewing abuse, child pornography and other graphic material flagged for removal caused them post-traumatic stress disorder.


Coeur d’Alene’s G.I. Java offers veterans coffee with a side order of camaraderie

Linda and David Jacquot have spent this year preparing to open a coffee shop in Coeur d’Alene with a unique mission. G.I. Java will double as a place for veterans …


Trump comments on PTSD show insensitivity and ignorance, Clinton says

Hillary Clinton denounced Donald Trump’s comments about post-traumatic stress disorder, saying it showed his “insensitivity and ignorance” and reinforced a “stigma” around the condition.


Analysis: What Donald Trump got right about PTSD – and what he left out

Donald Trump continues to be hammered for suggesting that soldiers and veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder are somehow weaker than those who do not. Experts say that view …


Trump suggests military members with mental health issues aren’t ‘strong’ and ‘can’t handle it’

Donald Trump told a group of veterans on Monday that some members of the military develop mental health issues because they are not “strong” and “can’t handle it.”


Seattle VA hospital’s healing garden is a refuge from ravages of war, illness

With his mother in mind, landscape architecture professor Daniel Winterbottom and a group of his University of Washington students transformed a space of concrete and crushed rock at the Veterans …


Pushing for help: Campaign raises awareness about veteran suicides

An average of 22 veterans commit suicide every day, according to a national awareness movement called #22KILL.


PTSD study: Using dogs to heal veterans has critics

Army veteran Joe Aguirre opens a restaurant door, then steps aside to let his golden retriever take point. “Clear,” Aguirre commands, and 3-year-old Munger pivots right, left, then right again, …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 14, 2015, 10 a.m.

Twins stick together in war and peace

Leon and Dale Brown beat the odds, both surviving a year as corpsmen in Vietnam − and coming to each other’s aid on the battlefield and at home.


Vets Garage opens at new site

The newest local facility offering support to veterans is called the Vets Garage, but you won’t find any cars inside. This garage, across from the Spokane County Regional Health District …


New veterans services offered in refurbished garage in Spokane

This Vets Garage, across from the Spokane County Regional Health District building, was unveiled to the public during a grand opening Saturday.


Scientists hope new research on pot will aid those with anxiety, PTSD

One marijuana bud smelled like citrus, the other had a musky scent. During a Friday morning tour of Grower George in Spokane Valley, Brandon Powell invited visitors to contrast the …


Shawn Vestal: Army veteran survived battle, but not its aftermath

Pictures cover the refrigerator in the kitchen at Todd and Renee Watson’s North Side home. In one of them, their son, Cody, smiles out at a camera in 2009. “This …


Warrior Songs Spokane ends retreat with performance

It took 45 years for Larry Shook’s war trauma to fully erupt. When it did, he was a long way from Vietnam. But Vietnam – what he did there and …


Finding healing through song

In 1993, at 17, Jason Moon enlisted in the Army National Guard. He signed up to serve with the 724th Engineer Battalion in Eagle River, Wis. It was like coming …


Staff sergeant, Medal of Honor nominee sees loss, pain, triumph

Ty Carter’s journey to the White House began with a phone call from home in 2000. His older brother, Seth, had been killed by a drunken friend playing with a …