Mile Marker: 8000 Miles on the Road to Recovery

93 min. Korey Rowe, dist. by Passion River, www.passionriver.com. 2018. DVD UPC 602573609613. $59.95. PSYCH
OrangeReviewStarIt is estimated that 22 veterans commit suicide each day, most likely as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Director Rowe, who served two combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and suffers from PTSD, drove more than 8,000 miles across the United States to touch base with his buddies, members of the Rakkasans (187th Airborne Infantry Regiment). The aim of the trip was to explore the incidence of PTSD, especially its influence on the overdose death of his close friend Jesse Snider. In interviews, Rowe explores the difficulties veterans face transitioning from war zone service to a stateside base or civilian life. The inability to cope with PTSD often leads to drug and alcohol abuse, sometimes resulting in court martial and less than honorable discharge, thus making them ineligible for Veterans Administration benefits and health care. Rowe also interviews experts from the National Center for PTSD and Sue Sisley of the MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) Marijuana Study.
VERDICT This excellent film includes vital information on PTSD, opioid painkillers, and medical marijuana that can be put to use in most communities. A must-purchase for adult collections.

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