Published by the Greeneville Sun

A Marine veteran who suffered a debilitating service-related injury filed a lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in Greeneville seeking a total of $350 million in damages from defendants that include employees of the Mountain Home Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center and U.S. Rep. Phil Roe.

Robert D. Rose Jr., 52, said this week that he and many other veterans who suffered degenerative injuries while in the service have been denied access to opioid pain medications and access to quality health care.

Rose, a former teacher who is now disabled, served in the Marine Corps from 1983 to 1994. The Gray man is now on 100 percent disability due to service-related injuries that affected his back, spine and legs and caused other complications that leave him in constant pain. He is also a diabetic.