A Special Report on Veterans: ‘Warriors Rise Up’


Our senior reporter Billy Cox has just finished a nine-month investigation into the use of medical marijuana by veterans with PTSD, TBI and other unseen wounds.

The Special Report: “Warriors Rise Up,” comes out on Sunday in the Herald-Tribune, but we are releasing our online version today at rxforveterans.com/

According the VA, more than 75,000 former or active-duty military personnel committed suicide between 2005 and 2015 — a staggering 20.6 suicides per day.

Many survivors of wounds and emotional trauma blame VA-prescribed opioids — the so-called “Combat cocktail” — for those high suicide rates. The cocktail comes with horrible side effects that give the veterans problems in the bathroom, the bedroom and can cause suicidal ideation.

The veterans want legal access to medicinal marijuana. It will stop the suicide epidemic, they say.

They’re taking the fight for access to medicinal marijuana to Washington, hoping lawmakers will “deschedule” the drug from its current Schedule 1 status.

We’re chronicling their battle.

Please read and share this special report.

It could save lives.




About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.