Decorated Broomfield veteran says ‘medicinal psychosis’ sparked ordeal
FOX 31 Denver
BY DAVE YOUNG
APRIL 27, 2017
BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- For the first time, Cory Hixson, a decorated Marine who disappeared from Broomfield, is speaking out about his ordeal.
"I just hope the VA starts listening to their vets,” he said in an interview Thursday with his wife Shala by his side.
"It weighs on veterans and the VA. ... That's our last resort where we need help."
Hixson's case sparked focus on the treatment of veterans coming home from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"They're just giving you medications that just ain't right because they're not listening," Hixson said.
He said at the time of the incident in March, Veterans Affairs staff had changed some of the many prescriptions he was taking for post-traumatic stress disorder.
“I went into a medicinal psychosis I wasn't even thinking straight,” he said of the night he disappeared with no shoes or coat in 20-degree weather, landing in jail 60 miles away after allegedly stealing a sweater and some food near Erie.
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