Mile Marker

7000 Miles on the Road to Recovery

It all starts with the first mile...

 

“Mile Marker” focuses on a two-tour veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, Korey Rowe, along with his former Rakkasan Brothers on their long road to recovery from PTSD. The Rakkasans were the invading force for both Middle Eastern Theater Wars where Korey and his unit were the tip of the spear, twice. This film investigates new and controversial techniques and methods for treating PTSD, as well as looking into the lives of veterans in America today. Travelling 8,000 miles across the United States and back, Korey departs from his home in California to check in with his former battle buddies across America, who served with him 15 years ago in the 187th Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Air Assault Division.  Along the way, he interviews psychologists and specialists from the National Center for PTSD in White River Junction, Vermont for a balanced understanding of the underlying symptoms and associated triggers for those with PTSD. This is an authentic portrayal of veterans today in America; their bitter combat to overcome drug addiction, criminal issues, and their personal struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, disclosed by the vets who lived through it, and survived this growing epidemic.

The number 22 is universally associated with 22 veterans per day committing suicide.  Through investigation and understanding those veterans, only then can a solution be proposed to lower that tragic

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Jesse Snider was from Lafayette Indiana, and joined the military post 9/11. He served in Iraq with the Rakkasans, and was the armour for that unit. Jesse was medically discharged (why?) from the army. While retired from service, his home was raided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (again, why?) the FBI, and local law enforcement. He was charged with nine felonies and three misdemeanors including weapons, explosives, and drugs all contributing to his death in March 2014. Did he die by suicide?

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Steve Turpin and Corey Allhands live in Phoenix, Arizona. This was Rowe's first stop on his cross-country trek to gain a better understanding of Snider’s upbringing, and how nature versus nurture affected his decision to join the military and his short life thereafter. The trio reflect on their comrade Snider's life after the military, and his struggle with PTSD, which ultimately led to his untimely death.

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Paula Schnurr, PhD is the Executive Director of the National Center for PTSD in White River Junction Vermont. She is the leading authority for the veterans affairs administration on how the V.A. treats PTSD, and is the primary study director for the PTSD study cognitive reprocessing that dramatically changed Korey’s life.

 

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Rachel Stewart, PhD is the former VA Psychologist at the National Center for PTSD and was Korey’s counselor during treatment in the cognitive processing study in the VA that lead to a dramatic reduction in his symptoms. Rachel is now in private practice, and still communicates regularly with Korey.

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Chris Taylor served as Psy-Ops,3rd Group Special Forces for two tours in Afghanistan. He interacted with the local people while combating the Taliban with psychological operations and propaganda broadcast over radio. This caused the Taliban to place a $100,000 bounty on Chris’s head.

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Robert Delaney is a former Army officer who served with Korey in Iraq.  Rob has a long history of military service, and is currently retired from the military. During his tour in Iraq, he was given a camera by a local news agency to document what was happening, as it was happening. Robert’s narrative input during footage of the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003 offers a first person perspective and point of view.

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Placebo-Controlled, Triple-Blind, Randomized Crossover Pilot Study of the Safety and Efficacy of Four Different Potencies of Smoked Marijuana in 76 Veterans with Chronic, Treatment-Resistant Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Site Principal Investigator: Sue Sisley, M.D.

Dr. Sue Sisley is Site Principal Director, MAPS Marijuana Study. Her mission is to eliminate the governmental barriers to U.S. marijuana efficacy research, and our struggle to collect objective data on both safety and effectiveness of whole plant cannabis.

For more information on her study click here - https://www.maps.org/research/mmj/marijuana-us

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Woodrow GreenFeather is a Native American Indian from Miami, Oklahoma who served in Iraq with the 101st Airborne during the initial invasion thru Kuwait.

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Joey Boyd joined the U.S. Army right before 9/11, and served in Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Division. He was involved in a helicopter crash and was able to walk away somewhat unscathed after saving lives in the aftermath of the crash.

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Justin M Erdie is a life-long friend of Jesse Snider, who was arrested with Jesse on felony drug charges for possession of a marijuana pipe. He is known in his local community as the “unabomber” as a result of his arrest. The charges were later dropped to a misdemeanor.

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Forrest Rosenbach received a Bad Conduct Discharge during his active service from the military for his use of cannabis. He was court-martialed and sent to Fort Leavenworth prison. Currently, Forrest lives in Elizabeth Lake, California and is an advocate for the legalization and decriminalization of cannabis across the United States. 

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Ryan Philly is a CBD Cannabis farmer in Oregon and works with Sean Stockmeyer, who is the President of New Earth Bio-Sciences. Together, they focus on growing CBD cannabis which is non-psychoactive. The move to this section of the market was made due to the overabundance of cannabis with THC and CBD, and the lack of medical grade CBD that can be used for treatment of PTSD, as well as children with seizures.

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Adam Foster is a lawyer at Hoban Law Group, which is a cannabis focused law firm in Denver, Colorado. They fought for the plaintiffs who were veterans, in a case against the state health board, to appeal their decision to not  legalize access of cannabis to veterans diagnosed and suffering from PTSD.  https://hoban.law

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Senator Irene Aguilar, MD is a 20 year physician, and a member of the Colorado Senate, representing the 32nd District, Colorado. She was not pro-cannabis prior to joining legislation. However, after meeting so many patients and veterans who use cannabis, THC, and CBD for treatment of PTSD, and other physical and emotional ailments, she helped pass a bill which gave veterans legal access to medical cannabis if they were diagnosed with PTSD.

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Eligio Castillio is a former Marine, and a former undercover police officer. He joined the U.S. Army after the 9/11 attacks in 2001, and served in Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne.

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Caleb Patton, Hunter Garth, and Brandon Whitehead are Marine Veterans who served in Afghanistan and formed Iron Protection Group; a veteran based security organization that secures cannabis stores, grows, and money transfers. Since the legal, banking side of cannabis has not yet caught up with the market, security is paramount. https://www.ironprotectiongroupsecurity.com

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Jon Harwood is a veteran of the 101st Rakkasans service in Iraq 2003 with Bravo Company, second platoon. He was a rifleman, and received a Bad Conduct Discharge from the military for his use of cannabis during his active duty service. He was sentenced to time in Fort Leavenworth prison; and as a result, still struggles to get treatment for his PTSD in Connecticut.

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Lawrence Keating is a Vietnam Veteran, and a Clinical Social Worker residing on Long Island, NY. He is an advocate for the abolition of the Veterans Administration, recommending we tear it down and start anew, rather than trying to correct the outstanding issues the VA holds.

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Senator Daylin Leach serves in the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing the 17th senatorial district, who teamed up in a bipartisan effort to legalize the use of medical cannabis in Pennsylvania.

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Codi Keto is a lifelong friend of Korey Rowe who served in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division. He was honorably discharged back to New York after service and faced criminalization for the use of cannabis. He moved to Colorado after legalization “popped off”, and knew this is where he had to be in order to use medicine for his PTSD that could help him, without being a criminal. He is now a successful art student outside Denver.

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Matt Kahl served in Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Division, and is an activist with Weed for Warriors, and other organizations centered in Denver Colorado. He was seriously injured during his overseas tours, for which the VA prescribed a large regimen of psychoactive medications; and has since reduced his use of all pharmaceuticals, and replaced them with whole plant cannabis.