This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave talked with Wray Harris, president of Iraq Veterans Against the War (Oregon) about who is paying the real cost of America's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Hosts from Northwest Vets for Peace present one of their original interviews from the early 1990's. The guest is Dr. Charles Jackson of the Veteran's Administration. He talks about Gulf War Syndrome and the first returning veterans who presented symptoms of Gulf War Syndrome. Gulf War Syndrome or Gulf War Illness continues to be a serious problem for veterans of the Gulf War today.
Rethinking psychiatry: a conversation with Robert Whitaker about a more compassionate mental health system
Our treatment of those in emotional distress manifests itself everyday. Too many Oregonians struggling with mental health issues can be found heavily medicated and warehoused. Or, they are turned out onto the streets to become the victims of crime or institutional violence as in the case of James Chasse. This is an issue that goes beyond public policy reform. It is one that calls for a fundamental reexamination of the "broken brain" model of psychiatry upon which those policies are based.