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Jun-25-2009 04:00printcommentsVideo

War and PTSD: A Discussion Regarding the Documentary (VIDEO)

Viewers learn more about our upcoming documentary that will help countless thousands of U.S. combat vets.

Dr. Phil Leveque and Bonnie King
Salem-News.com's Dr. Phil Leveque and Bonnie King

(SALEM, Ore.) - The first time we produced a television documentary the project was for Oregon Public Broadcasting, the year was 1993, and the subject was the story of the sole survivor of the WWII B-17 bomber crash on Cape Lookout in Oregon.

Now we are engaged in the production of a documentary about a huge subject: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This is condition experienced by people who survive any range of traumatic events. Combat heads the list of reasons that people end up living with PTSD.

For people who are Web savvy, an endless amount of resources exist that deal with PTSD. Numerous individuals and groups have devised and launched programs and therapies that help combat vets regain the footing in life that they once had.

Our intention is to present every option for dealing with PTSD that we can in the scope of an hour.

Viewers will also learn the perspective of soldiers and Marines with their boots on the ground in Iraq, who specifically address PTSD and its role in their lives while they are still fighting the war.

We have a significant presence in the world as a Web media group and we are the first to launch an independently owned but still mainstream news group online. Now five years have passed, over 11,000 news articles have been published, and more than ever we need the support of people in order to accomplish this goal.

It has been a tough road for us so far, and we have successfully taken huge steps in the process. The documentary is everyone's chance to help our tired and weary veterans and their families.

In the video segments below you will hear more about why this project is important. One Oregon public TV station has expressed strong interest in the program and it has national potential; but first we have to record the rest of the footage of the various programs and interviews with veterans and doctors, etc.

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War and PTSD: A Discussion Regarding the Documentary (Part 1 of 2):

War and PTSD: A Discussion Regarding the Documentary (Part 2 of 2):

BELOW: Soldiers and Marines in Iraq discussing PTSD with Tim King:
Produced by Photojournalist Tim King



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Anonymous January 25, 2013 7:51 am (Pacific time)

My suggestion to those who are suffering from PTSD, please contact the DVA, VFW or American Legion for direction. These organizations have been successfully helping combat veterans for generations.

Flynn June 30, 2009 12:06 pm (Pacific time)

Dr. Leveque, I am always humbled to read your words.  You are a war hero who killed and captured Nazi's.  For that alone you get a lifelong pass at everything else in life, and yet you chose to become an extremely advanced professional.   You became a doctor, toxicologist and worked as a professor of pharmacology before even that.  Your words are choice and your experience endless.  Thank you sir for writing for Salem-News.com, glad to know "America's Greatest Generation" is alive and well and always remember the critics and naysayers are absolutely nobody next to you.  For the record if anyone doesn't know, Dr. Leveque "lost his license" because he signed medical marijuana permits for a couple of patients in eastern Oregon who were paraplegic and unable to travel hundreds of miles to Portland for a physical exam.  The rules are stupid, the physical exams were terribly redundant, the people in both cases qualified for medical marijuana over several ailments, each.  So Dr. Leveque didn't force them to visit his office, he simply signed off on the permits as a matter of common sense.  Again, the medical records of the patients allowed them to have a medical marijuana prescription.  They suffered chronic pain for starters.  I hope you don't mind my reciting your history Doctor Leveque, but your being branded by the Oregonian as "Oregon's Most Dangerous Doctor" over signing those permits is simply the lamest thing the Oregon Medical Board ever did.  Remember it is all politics.

Daniel June 26, 2009 12:49 pm (Pacific time)

Editor if you do a preproduction sale of the tape i will buy !

PTSD SUX! June 25, 2009 2:09 pm (Pacific time)

As a sufferer of PTSD, I am looking forward to the video. I wish I had the means to help support its production!

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