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Decorated Marine vet may be deported, despite likely U.S. citizenship

A Marine veteran who served in the Gulf War was transferred to an immigration facility in Eloy last week, where he faces deportation to Mexico despite a ruling that he is a U.S. citizen. George Ybarra has criminal convictions, but his family says he needs treatment, not banishment.... Read more»

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Technology helps trauma survivors accelerate PTSD treatment, recovery

About 7.7 million adults in the U.S. suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. The painful emotions surrounding PTSD make it a difficult disorder to treat. But what takes years in traditional therapy can be accomplished in weeks or months through a technology-based therapy called EMDR, similar to a dream-like state.... Read more»

Will Prop. 205 make it easier for Arizona vets to treat their PTSD with pot?

While several veterans interviewed support researching the medical effects of marijuana for PTSD treatment, they have mixed feelings about Prop. 205, which would legalize recreational pot use in Arizona.... Read more»

CDC: Adults more likely to smoke marijuana than teens

A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that middle-aged parents are more likely to smoke marijuana than their teenage children.... Read more»

States trying to bridge care gap for traumatized vets

Many of the hundreds of thousands of veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder are going without the help they need, which is prompting several states to step in.... Read more»

Parents demand marijuana treatment for epileptic kids

An ever-growing lobby of tenacious parents are pushing politicians to legalize medical marijuana for children with epilepsy and other serious conditions. ... Read more»

Federal pot ban leaves states to craft their own MMJ rules

Every state regulates medical marijuana differently. The result is wide disparities across the country, including everything from lab testing to costs. ... Read more»

FactCheck: Bernie Sanders correct on veteran PTSD

A look at Sen. Bernie Sanders’ talking point that 500,000 veterans came back from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD or traumatic brain injuries. ... Read more»

When keeping secrets is your job, getting help a problem for some veterans

Sgt. Daniel Somers’ work in Iraq was classified, so when he returned from the war and sought treatment for traumatic brain injury and PTSD he balked at a care in a group setting. Afraid he might reveal secrets, he asked for individual care. After two years with no resolution from the VA, Somers took his own life in 2013.... Read more»1

Doctors' testimony crucial as border kids seek asylum

Asylum cases are among the most difficult immigration status cases to win and a doctor’s testimony can help sway the decision. Such medical-legal partnerships have cropped up in New York and California, where thousands of unaccompanied minors have settled with their families or friends who were already in the U.S.... Read more»

The best reporting on children with PTSD

What happens to children and teenagers exposed to violence in their own neighborhoods. ... Read more»

Az family helps 'put face' on veteran suicides, VA role

Daniel Somers, struggling with physical and emotional problems after tours in Iraq, took his own life last summer after he could not get help at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities in Phoenix. His parents, Howard and Jean, have since worked to get changes at the VA.... Read more»

4 questions we should be asking about the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap

Truthers, birthers, and Kennedy assassination geeks, move over: The sad case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is providing rich fodder for conspiracy theorists everywhere.... Read more»

Should a mental illness mean you lose your kid?

Mindi has never harmed her daughter and is capably raising a son, but authorities took her daughter under a concept sometimes called “predictive neglect.” ... Read more»

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Key facts about VA in wake of waitlist allegations

The allegations of long wait times and secret waiting lists at the Phoenix VA hospital is a serious concern and must be addressed immediately. But we must also not lose sight of the VA system’s successes, as well as its steady improvement in recent years. ... Read more»

Phx teens' video on mental illness garners national recognition

Three students at Metropolitan Arts Institute turned concerns about treatment of mental health in the U.S. - an issue that affected some friends - into a short documentary on the topic. That work has been recognized as one of five national winners in a C-SPAN contest. ... Read more»

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