FORT SCOTT, KANSAS –
Missouri senators are preparing for a possible debate on legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes. One Kansas man says he may consider moving to the Show Me State if that legislation passes.
Meet Gary Dixon and Lil’ Guy.
“He understands me without saying anything. He’s here and it’s like he knows when I hurt,” Dixon says while petting his dog.
Dixon served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to ’70.
“I’m a very proud American,” says Dixon.
He served in the Vietnam War, and says he has cancer from agent orange. Dixon says the horrors of war definitely took things away from him, physically and mentally.
Dixon says he also has severe PTSD.
“You’re always alone. About the only people I like to hang around are other Vietnam veterans. I can hang around other veterans, too. But when I’m around Vietnam veterans, I’m comfortable. I don’t have to say anything. They know, says Dixon.
Dixon’s closest Vietnam veterans know about his extreme pain. He says he has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
“When I get out of this chair, it’s going to hurt so bad I’m just about going to scream,” says Dixon. “People hurt so, what the hell. But I don’t want to take the other stuff. The hydrocodone, the oxycodone. I just don’t want that stuff anymore.”