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10:53 AM on 09/28/2013
before all the anti-medicine people go nuts, ibuprofen is Motrin, metoprolol is a very common medication for treating high blood pressure. prazosin is another med for high blood pressure. diazepam is valium, i don't know why they wouldn't use ativan or klonopin as a first choice, shorter half life. the heavy hitters here are morphine and hydrocodone, both narcotics. those things will really make you nuts and dependent fast. the two biggest problems with this guy's case are 1. a sloppy, inefficient Veteran's Admin health care system that doesn't get enough funding from the same congress that spends billions on a war in the first place and 2. not giving him the right kind of support for PTSD
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02:58 PM on 09/28/2013
Thanks.
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10:53 AM on 09/28/2013
Just goes to show us that drugging with cocktails of antipsychotic meds and labeling our returning warriors with a Disorder only causes more pain and suffering. Come on America, wake up and smell the Roses and Nature, don't let psychiatry and psychology put you into danger, create a professional self care and receive extensive and intensive health services to transcend trauma and your military experience into Healing, Restoration and Resilience. We know our Warriors and Families get better without them. http://jerryvestinjuredwarrior.com
10:38 AM on 09/28/2013
I was greatly moved (to tears) by Cutler's story. No matter how we feel about these wars we have been fighting, we now have to deal with the human toll they have taken, and make sure that the men and women who experienced it receive the best care available. The experience he had at Walter Reed should not happen to anyone, especially one who has given so much for this country.

I wish Mr. Cutler and all those like him the best of everything as they try to pull their worlds back together.
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03:01 PM on 09/28/2013
It would be good to remember that, after reading about "what we can no longer afford to do..".
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10:37 AM on 09/28/2013
It's great to hear how he was finally able to talk about this and help other vets. Cutler is the definition of a war hero, by saving soldiers lives long after the fight is over.
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07:55 PM on 09/28/2013
No; He may be a post-war hero. During the war, he was a repeat enlistee to kill innocent people, not likely a hero, possibly a murderer like his bosses, Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld.
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10:24 AM on 09/28/2013
my heart aches, no more war....please
10:19 AM on 09/28/2013
Stories like these evoke feelings of sadness, sympathy, pity. For Iraqis, I mean. The thousands upon thousands of civilians including women, children, the elderly, killed, maimed, widowed, orphaned, displaced, lives turned upside down. It was their country, yet they had no choice. They never asked for Cutler and other adventurers to invade.
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DrinkerOfTheRye
Eschew obfuscation
11:00 AM on 09/28/2013
Absolutly they didnt ask, they probably didn't even have his name or telephone number to call.
03:13 PM on 09/29/2013
I don't usually throw this word around, but you're brilliant.  You took what I said in a perfectly literal way!  Some would think I meant the unfortunate victims of Iraq didn't ask the governments of the United States and Coalition of the bribe to invade and occupy, causing disaster and misery.  But here's where you rise to the top: you took it to mean the many thousands of victims didn't personally email, post a letter or telephone Cutler personally!   Oh, I hate to gush, but...  brilliant!
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10:14 AM on 09/28/2013
I know several very conservative people who believe the soldiers committing suicide are just weak and would do that anyway. And they claim they are VERY patriotic!
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DrinkerOfTheRye
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11:00 AM on 09/28/2013
What did you have to do to infiltrate and win their trust enough to confide that?
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Lesperado
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12:11 PM on 09/28/2013
They boldly posted it on their Facebook pages, for all to see. So not only are they heartless and lack compassion; they want to brag about it too.
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11:07 AM on 09/28/2013
It is so painful to have a brain injury from long term exposure to stress (war, abuse, major injury, etc...), to wake up, put your feet on the ground and survive not only the injury, but the misconceptions as others judge you for it.

Weakness is seen as a character flaw in our society. Vulnerability is shamed.
The results are tragic.
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Lesperado
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12:14 PM on 09/28/2013
I could not agree with you more.

Bullies can sense a person's vulnerability, and are all over it. That is what makes bullies really cowards.
10:12 AM on 09/28/2013
Looks like the only real war that Boone Cutler ever fought was against his own fragile human condition and fate, not on any battlefields in any foreign lands he's been too.
Glad he won that war.
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10:00 AM on 09/28/2013
Doing drugs. EVEN prescription drugs is NEVER going to be the solution. Glad this soldier found a way to dig deep and pull himself out of the hole he was in. Very inspirational.