Researchers plan to start recruiting veterans in September, adding two participants per month, per site. The study should run about two years.

Roberto Pickering’s story is all too familiar. The infantry Marine says he fought during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, lost some “good buddies” and returned to civilian life a “basket case” from battling a new enemy: post-traumatic stress disorder.

Pickering says he was pumped full of medications — from Valium to Zoloft, OxyContin, Seroquel, Lithium, Ambien and more — by Department of Veterans Affairs doctors.

He tried to go back to school but had trouble adjusting.

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Matthew M. Burke ~ Stars and Stripes ~

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