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The Marketing of Madness is the definitive documentary on the psychiatric drugging industry. Here is the real story of the high income partnership between psychiatry and drug companies that has created an $80 billion psychotropic drug profit center.

But appearances are deceiving. How valid are psychiatrists' diagnoses-and how safe are their drugs? Digging deep beneath the corporate veneer, this documentary exposes the truth behind the slick marketing schemes and scientific deceit that conceal dangerous and often deadly sales campaigns.

In this film you'll discover that... Many of the drugs side effects may actually make your 'mental illness' worse. Psychiatric drugs can induce aggression or depression. Some psychotropic drugs prescribed to children are more addictive than cocaine. Psychiatric diagnoses appears to be based on dubious science. Of the 297 mental disorders contained with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, none can be objectively measured by pathological tests.

Mental illness symptoms within this manual are arbitrarily assigned by a subjective voting system in a psychiatric panel. It is estimated that 100 million people globally use psychotropic drugs.

The Marketing of Madness exposes the real insanity in our psychiatric 'health care' system: profit-driven drug marketing at the expense of human rights.

This film plunges into an industry corrupted by corporate greed and delivers a shocking warning from courageous experts who value public health over dollar.

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Dec 31, 2006

Maryland Reservist killed by police after refusing deployment to Iraq

A 29-year-old ex-soldier who had served 12 months in Afghanistan, upset over orders to deploy to Iraq, was shot to death December 26 after a night-long standoff at a house in Maryland. James E. Dean was notified earlier this month to report to Fort Benning, Georgia, on January 14, 2007, for service in Iraq.

On the evening of Christmas Day, Dean barricaded himself inside his father's home in rural Leonardstown, about 50 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., near the Chesapeake Bay. Although armed with several weapons, he took no hostages and was apparently a danger only to himself, threatening to commit suicide rather than report for military duty.

Dean had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after he returned from Afghanistan in 2005, where he had won awards for service, good conduct and marksmanship as a sergeant leading an infantry unit. He was reportedly suffering from depression and had become dependent on anti-depressant medication.

Since his discharge from the military, Dean had been seeing a Veterans Affairs psychologist and struggling with his combat-related problems, while making progress in his personal life. He got a job as a heating and cooling installer and mechanic and was well regarded by his co-workers. In July 2005, he met his future wife Muriel, marrying her four months ago. This Christmas would have been their first as a married couple.

The letter recalling him to military service—he still had an Army Reserve commitment—apparently sent Dean over the edge. He had already stopped seeing his psychologist, his wife said, and after the letter, began drinking heavily and flying into rages. He told her he was going crazy, she told the Washington Post, and that no one knew how bad war was. His last words as he left the house on Christmas were "The next time you see me, it's going to be in a body bag."

Dean's family called the police out of concern that he might kill himself, but the police response was a military-style siege that ended in the young man's death. Tactical units from the Maryland State Police and St. Mary's, Calvert and Charles county sheriffs' offices all converged on the house, surrounding it and claiming that Dean had fired several shots at police cars, although no officers were injured.

After 14 hours, at about noon on Tuesday, December 26, the police were preparing to use tear gas to force him out, when Dean emerged at the front door and was shot dead. St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron said that Dean had pointed his gun at a police officer, and that a deputy sheriff had fired once, killing him.

Cameron said that police spent most of the night trying to negotiate with Dean but he refused to surrender and broke off communication. "We threw a phone in the window and he threw it back out," the sheriff said. "He was asked to come out and refused repeatedly," Cameron told the press.

There was no independent confirmation of the sheriff's account, and family members challenged many of the details provided by the authorities. The police cut off Dean's cell phone service when he was trying to call his grandmother's house, and they had refused to allow family members, including his parents and grandparents, to speak with him.

The official investigation is certain to be a whitewash, since it will be conducted by the St. Mary's County Bureau of Criminal Investigation, consisting of officers from the same department that participated in the siege and shooting.

One of Dean's neighbors told the Post that the prospect of returning to war had sent him into a "spiral of depression." Wanda Matthews, who lives next door to the home where Dean died, described him as a "very good boy."

"His dad told me that he didn't want to go to war," Matthews said. "He had already been out there and didn't want to go again."

The media reporting on this incident—which in effect imposed a summary death sentence for refusing military service in Iraq—was notably muted. The Washington Post buried the item on the inside pages of its Metro section, and the Associated Press ran a brief item that was buried even more deeply in the New York Times and other newspapers across the country. The national television networks said nothing at all.

A second article in the Post on December 29 suggests that the police knew very well who they were dealing with—an ex-soldier with medals for marksmanship—and made a deliberate decision to shoot first and ask questions later. The newspaper reported, citing Cameron's account, that police "couldn't take any chances with a soldier who had won a medal for shooting Afghan insurgents."

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Posted: Dec 31, 2006 11:17am
Mar 1, 2006
In a new study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Colonel Charles Hoge of Walter Reed Army Medical Center reports that up to a third of Iraq War veterans have sought mental health care treatment since their return from Iraq.

Unfortunately, even as we learn of even more devastating consequences of war, on ongoing assault against veterans continues, with some columnists and analysts arguing that many of those claiming post-traumatic stress disorder are simply gaming the system in order to secure financial compensation.

Last year, the VA began an aggressive review of PTSD claims, reopening the claims of 72,000 veterans with the most serious PTSD. Rules were changed to require additional approval for PTSD claims. The review of the 72,000 claims ended only when at least one of those veterans received a letter from the VA and blew his brains out. The subsequent outcry drowned out the most important finding of the VA's investigation -- of the 1,000 reviews they completed before halting the program, not one constituted fraud.

The bottom line is that combat experience can be devastating. The experience of killing in combat, of seeing a friend, or civilians killed, is extremely difficult to deal with and the normal reaction is, as I often put it, to go a little bit crazy. Across America, police departments recognize that fact, by making counseling mandatory for any officer who fires his weapon on duty.

For soldiers, we make no such claim. Often, the only readjustment counseling a military veteran receives on the end of a year-long combat tour is a fifteen minute chat, in a group, with a chaplain.

We know the seriousness of the issue. Untreated combat trauma often results in difficulty readjusting to civilian life. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans estimates than one third of the homeless in America are Vietnam veterans. Too many Iraq war veterans are joining them.

In a democracy, we share responsibility not only for the actions of the service members we send to fight, but also for their future. It is not enough to accuse a few veterans of cheating to get compensation, thus tarnishing the service of hundreds of thousands of others.

The young men and women serving in the military today commit their lives to protect the rest of us. When they come home, it's our turn to help them.

Coming Changes at Veterans for Common Sense

In recognition of the enormous challenges faced by returning veterans, and in response to feedback we received from you in our annual membership survey, big changes are planned for VCS in the coming months. With a tighter focus and increased resources, we'll be working to make a big difference for returning veterans. Over the course of the next few weeks, as those changes are implemented, I'll continue to write and keep you up to date.

In the meantime, thank you for your continued support for VCS.

Resource Guide Update

As many of our members know, last year Veterans for Common Sense published the first comprehensive guide for returning veterans. Thanks to the very generous donations we received after our last call support, we'll shortly be printing thousands of the print version of the guide for distribution at a national conference on PTSD hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services. Thanks so much to all of you who gave for this effort.

Before we go to print, we want the guide to be as comprehensive as possible. That's where you come in. If you know of organizations, treatment programs or other resources available for returning veterans, we'd like you to add them to the guide.

Take a look at the current version, and if you see a resource that is missing or can be expanded on, please do so. We've opened it up so any member can post edits to the guide, in the hope that a collaborative effort can build a much more comprehensive resource than our staff can do alone. This effort depends on you.

Check out the guide at Instructions on how to add a resource are located on the right side of the guide home page.

Letter to the President

As many of you who have been members of VCS for while know, our first major campaigns, in the fall of 2002 and the winter of 03, were letters to the President and the Senate/House leadership.

After some discussion, we've decided its time for another letter to the President, which is something we haven't done in quite a long time. We'll most likely focus on a couple of key areas: first, the treatment of the troops, especially on their return, and the heavy push coming from some think tanks (AEI in particular) to attack PTSD. We'll probably also talk about protection of civilians in Iraq and our concerns about prisoner abuse.

This time, before we draft the letter, I'd like to ask you for input. What do you think should go in it? What are the key points? If you could get into see GWB, what would you ask him?

Featured News: To A Soldier; Arrogant and Out of Touch

Douglas Nelston, a Vietnam veteran, writes an eloquent essay addressing the veterans of today and reflecting on his own experiences in Vietnam.

Tom Halsted wrote this week regarding an email he received from a soldier in Iraq about Dick Cheney's worst day.

Occupation: Iraq in the Arts

I'd like to invite those of you in the Washington DC metro area to attend a reception Thursday, March 2, 2006 hosted by the Education for Peace in Iraq Center.

Have you ever wondered what life is really like in Iraq? Want to see and hear firsthand the experiences of Iraq War veterans? Join EPIC at a reception honoring photographer and Iraq War veteran Benjamin Busch and his new exhibit, "Occupation." Speakers will also include VCS board member Erik Gustafson and Iraq War veteran Jonathan Powers (founded of Iraq War Kids Relief).

Thursday, March 2 at 6:30 pm
Marriot Inn & Conference Center (Lower Level Gallery)
University of Maryland University College
3501 University Blvd East
Adelphi, MD 20783
Phone: 1-800-888-UMUC

Admission is FREE, but donations are welcome.

All proceeds will benefit the artwork of Benjamin Busch and EPIC's Educational Programs.

National Gulf War Resource Center seeking executive director

The National Gulf War Resource Center, a national organization which has been advocating for Gulf War veterans health issues and the needs of returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, is seeking a new executive director. Find out more at

VCS Virtual Yard Sale

Do you have an old pair of skis in your attic that you don't use? What about a slightly out-of-date computer, or a box of collectibles? Now you can clear out your clutter and get a tax-deduction at the same time. Veterans for Common Sense is partnering with eBay and MissionFish to allow you to auction your old junk and find just the right buyer for it. Best of all, you can designate a percentage of your sale (from 10% to 100%) to benefit Veterans for Common Sense!

If you use Ebay (or want to get started) and want to find out how to donate part of your sale to VCS, click here:

Car Donations

Do you have a used car or van sitting in your driveway you need to get rid of? Did you know that you can donate used vehicles to Veterans for Common Sense, get a tax-deduction, and help support our mission at the same time?

To find out more, visit or call 1-877-CARS-4-US ext. 1948.

We Need Your Support

As VCS works on its plan for 2006 and moves forward with a long-term strategic planning process, it is time to take our organization to a new level. Our objective is to double our budget and staff in 2006.

If you haven't made a gift to VCS lately, please consider supporting our work with a donation today.

Don't want to give online? You can call 202-558-4553 to give by credit card over the phone, or send a check to:

Veterans for Common Sense
1101 Pennsylvania Ave SE Suite 203
Washington, DC 20003-2229

Interested in writing for VCS?

Veterans for Common Sense is seeking interesting and hard-hitting original material for the web site. Are you a writer or interested in submitting materials? Editorial guidelines are located at:

On-Line Events Calendar

If you have an upcoming event, memorial service, or other event that may be of interest to other VCS members, please let us know. To post your event online today, visit:

As always, thanks for your support of Veterans for Common Sense.

With highest regards,

Charles Sheehan-Miles
Executive Director


Veterans for Common Sense
1101 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

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