Military Connection: Is Pot a Viable Alternative Pain Treatment?

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By Debbie Gregory.

Do you think pot should be legalized to manage pain? A group of Veterans in North Carolina think so, and are pushing for the state to legalize its use. The retired noncommissioned officers and officers are at the core of the growing North Carolina Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition, or N.C. RAMP.

Edwin McClannan, one of the members of N.C. RAMP, is a retired Army first sergeant who injured his spine during a parachute accident, and now lives in constant pain. His doctor prescribed a long list of medications, none of which eliminated his pain like the marijuana cupcake he accidently ate.

McClannan is part of a growing group of Veterans who have found marijuana to be a relief from pain, post-traumatic stress and depression. The group’s president, David Hargitt, said they don’t fit the old marijuana advocate stereotypes; something he hopes will help the cause of legalization.

By promoting medical marijuana every Tuesday, Hargitt has become a regular face at the state legislature. House Bill 78, was introduced last month by Rep. Kelly Alexander, a Mecklenburg County Democrat. This bill marks Alexander’s fourth attempt at legalizing medical marijuana.

For the first time, it has attracted more than a dozen co-sponsors, including Rep. Garland E. Pierce, a Democrat who represents Scotland, Hoke, Richmond, and Robeson counties. But what the bill lacks is bipartisan support in a Republican-controlled legislature. None of the co-sponsors are Republican.

Hargitt hopes a similar bill will be introduced by a Republican, as the issue is becoming more attractive to Republicans for more than just the medicinal uses. According to reports, legal medical marijuana could bring in an additional $100 million in tax revenue in North Carolina alone. Additionally, it would eliminate border violence, unnecessary criminal records, and could help injured Veterans and civilians alike.

A recent survey of North Carolina voters by Raleigh-based Public Policy Polling found 69% of those asked thought a doctor should be allowed to prescribe marijuana for medical use. Another 10% were “not sure.”

However, as marijuana remains illegal under federal law, this means veterans who receive their care from the Department of Veterans Affairs could be prohibited from using it.

A bill sponsored by Sens. Rand Paul, Cory Booker, and Kirsten Gillibrand could end a federal ban on medical marijuana, proposing it is left to each particular state to decide to legalize or illegalize it. This bill would allow VA doctors to prescribe medical marijuana, and would reclassify marijuana from a Schedule I drug, defined as one with no medical value, to a Schedule II drug. A separate bill, introduced in the U.S. House in February, would allow VA physicians to discuss and recommend medical marijuana to their patients.

Which begs the question, what do you think? Should marijuana be legalized?

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Military Connection: Is Pot a Viable Alternative Pain Treatment?: By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: Former Airman Facing Charges

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By Debbie Gregory

Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh was indicted by a federal jury in Brooklyn, New York, for allegedly trying to join the Islamic State terrorist group.

However, Pugh, 47, isn’t just a normal civilian. He served in the Air Force from 1986 to 1990 as an avionics instrument system specialist. His training included the installation and maintenance of aircraft engines, navigation and weapons systems. Around 1998, Pugh moved to San Antonio, Texas, and converted to Islam. Since then, he has become increasingly radical in his beliefs.

Pugh was detained by Turkish authorizes in January when he landed in Istanbul. He told authorities that he was a “pilot with the United States Special Forces” who was vacationing in Turkey, but Turkish authorities were suspicious of his final destination. He was put on a plane to Cairo, where he told Egyptian authorities that he went to Turkey in search of a job, adamant that he had no plans of going to Syria.

Not coincidentally, Pugh’s electronic devices, including his laptop, had been “purposely tampered with” to prevent anyone from accessing them. Pugh told authorities that he had a wife in Egypt.

Upon investigation of his laptop, the FBI found a letter apparently written to his Egyptian wife in which he claimed to be a mujahid. A mujahid is one who struggles for the sake of Allah and Islam. He stated, “ I am a sword against the oppressor and a shield for the oppressed. I will use the talents and skills given to me by Allah to establish and defend the Islamic States. There is [sic]only two possible outcomes for me. Victory or Martyr.”

The FBI also found around 180 jihadist videos on the laptop, including one that showed graphic murders committed by Islamic State, according to the indictment.

In 2001, one of Pugh’s co-workers told the FBI that Pugh “felt the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies overseas were justified and expressed anti-American sentiment.” Another associate told the FBI back in 2002 that Pugh expressed the desire to go to Chechnya to fight as a jihadist.

Pugh has pleaded not guilty to two charges, including attempting to provide material support to a terror organization.

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Military Connection: Former Airman Facing Charges: By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: Actor Gets It Right

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By Debbie Gregory

The Last Ship is an American post-apocalyptic drama television series, based on a novel of the same name by William Brinkley. The show, airing on TNT, follows CDR Tom Chandler, commanding officer of the USS Nathan James. Chandler, played by former Grey’s Anatomy star Eric Dane, must take his crew on a search for a cure to a virus that has killed over 80 percent of the world’s population.

Dane, the son of a Navy Veteran who served in Vietnam, and died when Dane was just seven years old, is teaming up with Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) to bring to light the challenges mourning military families face.

TAPS is a nonprofit national Veterans service organization that offers peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, and casualty casework assistance and crisis intervention for military families.

TAPS was founded by Bonnie Carroll after the passing of her husband, Army Brig. Gen. Tom Carroll, in a C-12 plane crash in 1992.

Carroll praised Dane’s involvement. “TAPS has been very blessed to have wonderful support from many sectors of our society, citizens who have stepped forward to honor those who have selflessly served in the cause of freedom,” she said.

Recently, Dane visited Pentagon leaders and staffers to speak out about his support for TAPS. “TAPS offers help, hope, and healing to families of our fallen service men and women,” he said.

For Dane, working on The Last Ship has afforded him the chance to meet service men and women from all ranks and branches, something he is grateful for.

“The more I learn from you, the more impressed I am by your service to this great county, and the more determined that I am that all of us on the show get it right when it comes to portraying military [people] on television,” Dane said to current and former military soldiers and their families. He added, “My show is fictional. You’re the real heroes.”

To Carroll, Dane takes his role on The Last Ship as Navy Commander Tom Chandler very seriously. “He portrays the Navy in the absolute best light; it is a collaborative effort,” Carroll said. “He is one of us … an extraordinary individual and great citizen.”

You can watch The Last Ship this summer when it returns.

MilitaryConnection.com, is a proud media sponsor of TAPS. For more information visit http://www.taps.org.

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Military Connection: Actor Gets It Right: By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: Inspired Service Pays Tribute

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By Debbie Gregory

Growing up, most kids aspire to be like their parents. Every child believes that success comes from making their parents proud. For Airman Treyton-Thomas Juopperi, his mother’s sacrifice inspired him to follow in her footsteps.

Army Staff Sgt. Carletta Davis was a health care specialist and combat medic who served multiple tours in Iraq. She was killed November 5, 2007 when her Humvee struck an improvised explosive device. Juopperi was shattered by his mother’s death. “I just sat there and watched my dad cry. It was weird to see him cry,” said Juopperi

The day Carletta Davis died, the Pentagon reported that the number of American troops killed in Iraq set an unwelcome record as the worst year yet, topping the 849 deaths in 2004.

Through his struggles, Juopperi began to see the importance of the sacrifice his mother made. Although initially angry at the military, and not having a gung-ho mindset about serving the United States, he thought, “Why should my mom give her life for the country?”

While thinking about what to do with his life whilst in college, Juopperi said he decided to dedicate his life to something like what his mother did- “Or at least half as good as she did” – he says.

Carletta was awarded two air medals, a rare feat, and earned the prestigious combat medical badge. She also earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. She twice received awards for heroism — for rescuing two soldiers who had fallen down a cliff near Ft. Lewis, Wash., and for rescuing a wounded Iraqi police officer.

Juopperi soon realized why his mother served, and decided to join the Air Force,, as she told him if he were to join the military, she hoped he would be wearing the Air Force Uniform. The decision came easy to him, and he promised himself he would not settle for mediocrity.

Juopperi went to Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas to learn technical training for aircraft electrical and environmental systems.

“Even in the operational Air Force, I will go forth and put 110 percent into everything I do,” he said. “Even if it’s desk work, volunteer work, training or a [reclassification], everything I do, I plan to put my best effort into it.”

With five brothers who look up to him, Juopperi says its important he does things right.

“You never know who is watching or whose life you are going to impact that day,” he said. “In the end, it came down to one question: What kind of person do you want to be?”

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Military Connection: Reducing Military Suicides

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By Debbie Gregory

President Barack Obama has signed a bill that aims to reduce suicides among Veterans, active-duty and reserve component troops. The statistics, which have been considered a national tragedy, have been on the rise for more than a decade.

A study released by the Pentagon shows that high-risk soldiers improved with intense behavioral therapy, and had substantially reduced suicide attempts. The study included 152 active-duty soldiers who either had either attempted suicide or were found to be high risk. Those who were given a form of cognitive-behavior therapy did better than their counterparts, who received a more typical form of therapy.

Co-investigator of the study, Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Alan Peterson, professor of psychiatry at the UT Health Science Center’s School of Medicine in San Antonio, and retired Army Col. Carl Castro, research director of USC’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families, agreed that this research is ground breaking. “It is the first-ever suicide prevention intervention showing that a brief treatment protocol can significantly reduce future suicide attempts,” says Castro.

Psychiatric diagnoses have skyrocketed more than 60 % since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq began. More than 4,400 troops have killed themselves over the past 11 years, leaving the military plagued by suicides and increasing psychological problems since 9/11. The number of suicides is quickly approaching the number of U.S. troops killed in the long Iraq war, which stands at 4,489.

The 152 soldiers who participated in the study conducted at Fort Carson, CO, were lower-ranking Anglo men, which reflected the Army’s demographic, and were also similar in other categories that ranged from psychiatric diagnoses to the use of medications. The results could be, as Peterson said “the biggest, most important thing that has happened in suicide research in the military, certainly in the last 10 years, and maybe longer than that.”

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Military Connection: Inspirational Veteran on Hit TV Show

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By Debbie Gregory

Veterans: it is time to support one of your own, as medically retired Army Sergeant Noah Galloway is need of your votes while competing on the hit ABC show “Dancing with the Stars.”

Noah Galloway served in the 502nd Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. On December 19, 2005, during his second deployment to Iraq, Sgt. Galloway was wounded by a roadside bomb. Five days after the IED attack, Galloway woke up at a hospital in Germany. The explosion that nearly killed him resulted in him losing his left arm and left leg above the knee.

Previous to sustaining his injuries, Galloway had not only been a fit soldier, but a work-out fanatic and competitive athlete. After his release from the hospital and rehabilitation, Galloway became depressed, started drinking, and let himself get out of shape. One day, he took along, hard look in the mirror and decided to change what was reflected. He didn’t want to just see his injuries, knowing that there was much more to who he was than just that. He decided to get back into shape and inspire others.

Noah is now a personal trainer and motivational speaker. The wounded warrior also participates in 5K and 10K races, as well as grueling Tough Mudder and Spartan races. Noah doesn’t make excuses for himself, and won’t allow his clients to make excuses for not being able to accomplish their goals.

Noah successfully changed the image of the man that he saw in the mirror. In November, 2014, he was on the cover of Men’s Health Magazine, and was named the publication’s “Ultimate Guy” for 2014. Noah has also been on various talk shows, and created the No Excuses Charitable Fund. Now, in an attempt to inspire others and raise awareness for his charitable causes, Noah is taking on the ballroom, competitors and judges on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Noah faces several different challenges that the show’s first double amputee contestant, Amy Purdy, didn’t. Purdy, who finished in third place, had both of her legs amputated below the knees. Noah, however, has his leg amputated above the knee, meaning that he has an artificial joint and not as much control. Also, male ballroom dancers traditionally lead with their left arm. These two obstacles will present challenges for Noah and his partner, Sharna Burgess, but they aren’t making any excuses.

Together, Sharna and Noah, dubbed #TeamShway, are already creating quite a stir on the dance floor. Week 1 of Season 20 aired on March 16, 2015. Team Shway danced the cha-cha, and finished to thunderous applause and a standing ovation. They received a middle-of-the-pack score of 26 out of 40. All teams are safe in week one. But from now on, #TeamShway needs your vote to keep dancing throughout the season.

Veterans, be sure to watch Noah and #TeamShway on DWTS and vote at www.abc.com, on Facebook,  or by calling 1 (855) 234-5605.

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Military Connection: Inspirational Veteran on Hit TV Show: By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: New Initiative to Promote Veterans’ Rights

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By Debbie Gregory

On March 19, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the creation of the “Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative.”

The DOJ’s commitment to service members and Veterans was explained in both a video and on the DOJ blog. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said, “Although we can never hope to repay the debt of gratitude our nation owes the heroes who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, we must never forget to acknowledge what we owe.”  The DOJ, being firmly committed to acknowledging that debt, created the Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative.

The sacrifices of the men and women who serve in uniform go beyond the courageous acts of battlefield valor. The truth of the matter is that service members face constant challenges when exercising their civil rights and maintaining their families’ financial security. It is for this reason that the DOJ prioritizes enforcing the statutes specifically created to protect the civilian employment rights, voting rights, and financial security of those serving in the Armed Forces.

The challenges don’t stop when a service member separates from the Armed Forces.  For example, as many as twenty percent of our nation’s Post-9/11 Veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, or other mental health problems connected to their service. It is for this reason that the DOJ supports Veterans’ Treatment Courts, which promote sobriety, recovery, and stability for Veterans struggling with addiction or mental illness who have become involved in the criminal justice system.

The “Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative” will reinforce the importance of recognizing Veteran sacrifices and the critical work that the department has already started to promote service members and Veterans rights. The initiative’s initial focus will be on three areas:  enforcement, education, and access to justice.

The initiative is to be led by three dedicated career DOJ attorneys who have strong ties to the Veteran and military communities. Their task will be to further the existing efforts within the DOJ by coordinating and expanding enforcement, outreach, and training efforts on behalf of service members, Veterans, and their families.

For more information about the DOJ’s “Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative” please visit www.justice.gov or email your questions or concerns to servicemembers@usdoj.gov

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Military Connection: Navy Shower Video Scandal Update

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By Debbie Gregory

At MilitaryConnection.com, we have been following the story of what occurred aboard the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, the U.S.S. Wyoming (SSBN-742), one of the first U.S. Navy submarines to allow women to serve onboard.

Four female officers were temporarily assigned to the sub for the U.S.S. Wyoming’s deployments in 2013 and 2014. The females had separate berthings, but shared the same bathroom facilities as the Wyoming’s male officers. Enlisted crew members have their own head (restroom/shower).

Twelve enlisted submariners are alleged to have used a smart phone to secretly record videos of the female officers while they were in various stages of undress in their assigned head. The sailors distributed the videos to each other via cell phone text messages. It is not believed that the videos were ever posted on the internet.

According to Navy prosecutor, Lieutenant Commander Lee March, the sailor who initially captured the videos of the officers undressing began telling his male shipmates that he had “a gift for them.”  When the Wyoming arrived back to its homeport of Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia, the sailor would share the videos with others through a smartphone data transfer application, commonly referred to as “bumping.”

“Videos were treated like Pokemon­– Something to be collected,” Marsh said at the preliminary hearing in the case against two missile technicians charged with conspiracy to distribute recordings of private areas of female officers.

The defense attorney, Navy Lieutenant Paul Hochmuth, counsel for one of the accused, said that his client didn’t know what was on the files when he accepted the “gift” on his phone.

Women have only been integrated on submarines in the American Navy since 2011, Now, in 2015, there are thousands of roles opening to women that were previously closed to them for various reasons. Some of these reasons were logistical, such as how do you quarter men and women so closely together without problems and violations, such as what occurred on the Wyoming?

This case is an important one for the future of integrating females into further roles within the U.S. military. This case will not only need to carry out justice for the victims, and punish those who are found guilty. This case will also set a standard for how future service members will be discouraged from committing such dishonorable and trust-crushing acts in the future– a future that, like it or not, will see men and women serving their country together, in all roles and occupations, in all branches of the U.S. military.

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Military Connection: Navy Shower Video Scandal Update: By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: VA Ordered to Repay Fired Director’s Bonus

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By Debbie Gregory

A judge ruled that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) repay $5,624 in garnished wages to the disgraced former-director of the VA’s Phoenix clinic.

In 2014, the VA was hit with several blows from a scandal that originated in Phoenix and ignited a powder keg in the media, prompting major personnel changes throughout the VA, and new legislation in Washington. Entire news segments were dedicated to unsatisfactory services and conditions provided by the VA at its Phoenix area clinic, and throughout the country.

Veterans were subjected to wait times for appointments that were months, even years long. Furthermore, VA employees were ordered by their supervisors to cover up the illegal and appalling wait times by hiding them in separate wait lists that VA inspectors would not find.

The Director of the Phoenix clinic, before the scandal broke, was Sharon Helman. The VA relieved Helman of her duties in April, 2014, and attempted to fire her after audits found that secret patient wait lists were in use at the Phoenix clinic. At the time, the VA was told by an appeals judge that they did not have proper grounds to fire Helman for hiding wait times. But the VA also found that Helman had illegally received gifts, including tickets to a Beyonce concert and a trip to Disneyland, for which they were able to fire her.

The VA notified Helman that it would be taking back the $9,000 she received as a bonus for “good performance.” Helman told the VA that she wanted to request a hearing to dispute the move. In the meantime, from August until her ultimate firing in November, the VA was taking the money from her pay.

On February 25th, Judge Alan R. Caramella, a civil service administrative law judge, ruled that the VA must “return the money it has offset from Ms. Helman’s salary until I issue a final decision.”

Judge Caramella’s decision is a blow to VA efforts at accountability for the scandal at a key time.

The VA did not comment on the Helman bonus decision, but said that it is moving ahead with its stated reform efforts that began last summer, and is still looking into personnel and conduct at the facilities in Phoenix.

Many Veterans in Phoenix, and around the country, are upset about the judge’s decision. But the Veteran community hopes that justice will ultimately be served, and Helman will be forced to repay the bonus.

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Military Connection: VA Ordered to Repay Fired Director’s Bonus: By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: Combatting Mental Health Issues

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By Debbie Gregory

Approximately one in five adults- more than 40 million Americans- suffer with a diagnosable mental condition, such as depression or anxiety. When the statistics are this high, does it make sense to place a negative stigma on Veterans suffering from PTSD or other mental illnesses upon their return to civilian life?

Michelle Obama was a participant in the Joining Forces initiative for Give an Hour’s conference at the Newseum. Give an Hour is a great non-profit, made up of mental health professionals who provide free counseling to the troops, Veterans, and family members who have been affected by war. The first lady hopes this will help eliminate the stigma attached to seeking help for mental-health issues.

For some reason, mental health issues are often perceived differently from diseases such as cancer, diabetes, or asthma. “That makes no sense,” the first lady said. “Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg or your brain, it’s still an illness. So there should be absolutely no stigma around mental health. None. Zero.”

Mrs. Obama stresses that it is time to “flip the script” on mental health in this country. “It’s time. It’s time to tell everyone who’s dealing with a mental health issue that they’re not alone, and that getting support and treatment isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of strength.”

Not all Veterans are plagued with mental-health issues, but the Veterans who do struggle need support.

The First Lady shared one Veteran’s story. Ryan Rigdon, a Navy Veteran, deployed twice to Iraq to disarm enemy bombs. In Baghdad, Ryan came across a camouflaged IED that was live. While didn’t have his protective suit on, he knew the device could explode at any time. So he flipped it over and disarmed it with his bare hands.

After this, he began to experience extreme emotional highs and lows, severe headaches, ringing in his ears, and panic attacks. Once he was out of the military and back to civilian life, he faced additional struggles with his family, a sick child, and unemployment.

After hitting rock bottom and a contemplating suicide, Rigdon was encouraged to seek help. He connected with Give an Hour through the Veterans Affairs Department.

“In Ryan’s story we hear the story of far too many of our veterans: – the struggle to adjust to a new life [and] the terrors and anxieties that just won’t go away, even when they’re back home, safe in their own beds,” the first lady said.

Give an Hour is co-sponsoring the Campaign to Change Direction with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. SAMHSA will provide subject-matter expertise and will coordinate federal outreach through the Veterans Affairs, Defense and Health and Human Services department.

For more information, please visit http://www.giveanhour.org.

MilitaryConnection.com is a proud media sponsor for both Give an Hour and the Campaign to Change Direction.

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Military Connection: Combatting Mental Health Issues: By Debbie Gregory