Effort Builds to Help 'Forgotten' Troops with PTSD

Matt McLauchlen, shown here holding a certificate for his Purple Heart, spent months in military hospitals after a rocket explosion in Iraq almost severed his spinal cord and caused permanent disabilities. When he told a colonel he was so depressed that he had smoked marijuana, commanders at Camp Pendleton sent him to court martial — and discharged him with only partial benefits.
Matt McLauchlen, shown here holding a certificate for his Purple Heart, spent months in military hospitals after a rocket explosion in Iraq almost severed his spinal cord and caused permanent disabilities. When he told a colonel he was so depressed that he had smoked marijuana, commanders at Camp Pendleton sent him to court martial — and discharged him with only partial benefits.