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- Veterans tell of medical marijuana use in defiance of backward federal policy. Joshua James Frey is clear: “Without medical marijuana I would be dead.” This Marine Corps veteran is a two-time Purple Heart awardee. He is among the former warfighters, led by the American Legion, who are on the frontlines of the fight for a sensible, federal medical marijuana policy.
- Erie legislators OK bill to prosecute fake veterans. New “Theft of Valor” legislation in Erie
County aims to prosecute people who impersonate veterans. County Legislator Edward Rath proposed the Theft of Valor bill, which passed unanimously on Thursday. The legislature’s hope is that it will be signed by County Executive Mark Poloncarz in time for Veterans Day, which is next Saturday, Nov. 11.
- Sangamon County to start veterans court. A new program specifically designed to help military veterans change the behaviors that led to their arrest will soon be up and running in Sangamon County. The veterans treatment court will help veterans address substance abuse problems, post-traumatic stress and any other issue that caused the them to run afoul of the law. The court also would, if necessary, help the veterans find jobs and housing.
- Local veterans share stories of depression, struggles. Tisha Duncan says her father, Randy Whitman, received no help from the federal government when he needed it the most. “The VA just kept sending him more prescriptions through the mail,” said Duncan. “He attempted suicide in January by taking all the pills. After that he was prescribed more medications that made him depressed.”
- Parade Celebrates Veterans in Advance of Holiday. Veterans, Cornell ROTC students and Boy Scouts trudged through the rain on Sunday, greeted by a crowd waving American flags as they continued a tradition by celebrating at the Veterans of Foreign Wars building in advance of Veterans Day on Saturday.