Acep Hale


A Soldier’s War on Pain

One of the saddest parts of this voyage through pain is that I am discovering a lot of the new research comes from our never-ending wars in the Middle East. A staggering number of our veterans are coming home with chronic pain from head trauma and last century's modalities are failing them. All we're currently doing is producing wave after wave of suicides and addiction. As someone that served for ten years myself and grew up with a father that suffers with crushing PTSD from multiple tours in Vietnam (82nd and 101 Airborne)* it nearly sends me into despair to know this is where a lot of the new knowledge we have is coming from. In my perfect world, the assholes that happily profit from this misery would be the one's suffering for that bottom line, but we all know this will never happen.

"Four years and a lifetime ago, a new war began for Sgt. Shane Savage.

On Sept. 3, 2010, the armored truck he was commanding near Kandahar, Afghanistan, was blown apart by a roadside bomb. His head hit the ceiling so hard that his helmet cracked. His left foot was pinned against the dashboard, crushing 24 bones.

Sergeant Savage came home eight days later, at age 27, with the signature injuries of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan: severe concussion, post-traumatic stress and chronic pain. Doctors at Fort Hood in Killeen, Tex., did what doctors across the nation do for millions of ordinary Americans: They prescribed powerful narcotic painkillers. . ."

*Watch your parents trying to deal with mental illness and the VA hospitals of the 1980s and try telling me what a great president Reagan was. Then may I politely request you eat a shit sandwich.