"If that rate were to hold true across the country, about 530 young veterans are committing suicide each year -- roughly 1.5 each day."
Still too many but most of the veteran suicides are us old guys.
"while taking the brain candy the VA dolls out for PTSD"
The VA is using the same meds and treatments as civilians receive for PTSD, unfortunately their are not a lot of successful treatments for PTSD in general. Good for you that you can keep the demons at bay by smoking 1-2 times a week.
Suicide is not a side effect of smoking pot, but, the reasons people are smoking can still lead to suicide.