AP/Gosia Wozniacka

Proponents for research into using medical marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain were dealt another blow this week, after comments from Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin made it clear the agency will not explore how the drug could help veterans.

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VA/Robert Turtil

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin on Wednesday publicly apologized for a botched surgery performed four years ago that left a scalpel inside an Army veteran.

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A group of bipartisan senators with a history of work on veterans issues have introduced comprehensive legislation aimed at reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs’ accountability procedures.

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Photo courtesy of Sen. Tester's Office

In Washington D.C., we are seeing a lot of theatrics and not a lot of concrete action these days.  We hear promises made in hearings and at press conferences, we see ribbons cut on the local news, and we hear blustering politicians call for resignations with no plan to fix the underlying problems. There is no better example of these theatrics than the lip service most politicians pay to helping our veterans. 

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