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US veterans with PTSD turn to psychedelic drugs overseas as VA frustration grows


Marcus Capone started therapy in 2007, seven years into an illustrious 13-year military career in which he completed seven deployments as a U.S. Navy SEAL.

He was prescribed an antidepressant in 2010, the first of countless prescriptions that would be given to him to treat a variety of ailments, from PTSD to a mild traumatic brain injury.

“I couldn’t even count the number of psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists that I sat down with for the next almost 10 years, but nothing was getting better,” Capone told Fox News Digital. “I was getting diagnosed, but I really wasn’t getting, in my opinion, the treatment that I personally needed.”

A medical retirement in 2013 exacerbated some of his problems.

“We thought that maybe a full reset, getting out would be just what we needed, and then it actually completely accelerated and intensified the struggle. So those years were really tough: 2013 to 2017,” Capone’s wife, Amber, told Fox News Digital.

“He was on a hamster wheel of military medicine that then transitioned to VA medicine – pills, pills, pills, pills, prescriptions, talk therapy, constant rotation of providers, lack of continuity, and he was getting more and more frustrated.”


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