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Combat PTSD.

You've seen those words before, on news tickers, in Hollywood films, on trending tabs, even on the covers of scientific journals. You've been seeing those words for years now, haven't you?

What you may not have seen, or heard, is that Combat PTSD is the leading contributor to a staggering number: twenty-two. Twenty-two. According to a study conducted by Veterans Affairs in 2013, twenty-two United States veterans commit suicide every day.

Since the 2013 study, no study has found the suicide rate to be declining. Which means that we aren't doing a good enough job for our veterans. To combat this trend, the VA needs to change and improve. Quite simply, the programs currently offered by the VA-- including medication, psychotherapy and group therapy-- are not what every veteran currently needs. There cannot be a one-size-fits-all model to treat Combat PTSD.

Combat PTSD is both a psychological and physiological condition. The stress put on the sufferer's brain actually changes its physical landscape, including a 5-10% decrease in gray matter, the part of the brain responsible for relaying neurological messages to and from the body. Also affected are the hippocampus (short-term memory) and the prefrontal cortex (emotional response).

What if there were ways to not only repair what has been lost, but ways that our veterans could find peace? What if, instead of a telephone hotline and a refillable orange bottle, there were programs that granted them access to garden spaces, and to the arts, and to exercise therapy like yoga or running? What if there was a way to save veterans' lives?

Sign the petition below to tell Secretary of Veteran Affairs to explore other options to treat Combat PTSD.

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Dear Secretary of Veteran Affairs,

According to a study conducted by Veterans Affairs in 2013, twenty-two United States veterans commit suicide every day. Twenty-two. Considering that there are now more programs for suffering veterans than there ever have been, it's hard to believe that Combat PTSD is still the leading factor that drives veterans to suicide. Together, we need to make a change. We should start with where the most veterans go for help: the VA.

The problem is not that the VA doesn't offer help; the problem is that the programs currently offered by the VA are not what every veteran needs. The VA's programs that address Combat PTSD – including medication, psychotherapy and group therapy– may work for some returning service members. For others, though, the current model just doesn't work.

Some veterans instead need something like Yoga Warriors International, who has had success in 'retraining the fight-or-flight response' so that when confronting a situation that triggers their memories, they’re able to remain calm.

Others may need the physical act of running, which a study done at Cambridge University reported to grow gray matter, a crucial part of the brain that can sometimes decrease with the onset of Combat PTSD.

Some veterans may need the catharsis that can come from writing, painting, or playing a piece of music. Others may need something like Veterans Healing Farm, where veterans escape the noisy world and are allowed to put their hands in the soil they fought so hard to defend.

Having the VA act as a bridge to these programs would be beneficial, but think about if the VA offered these programs. Veterans could be excited to go to the VA. Veterans could excited to go to therapy. Peace could be found. Pride could be restored. Progress toward having that 'twenty-two' become “zero” could be jumpstarted by the VA’s efforts to revitalize the offered programs to treat Combat PTSD.

Thank you.


Petition Signatures

Dec 11, 2017 Debbie Luchka
Dec 8, 2017 Isabelle Larmour
Dec 7, 2017 Brandon Juhl
Dec 7, 2017 Nora M. Edgeworth
Dec 7, 2017 Ken Stein
Dec 7, 2017 Laura Page Oh yes, please help.
Nov 30, 2017 Lori Nightingale
Nov 22, 2017 Beverly Brzycki
Nov 22, 2017 Beveryn Swaim
Nov 19, 2017 CINDY COLLIER
Nov 18, 2017 Tara Schwenker
Nov 15, 2017 Patti Wyatt
Nov 12, 2017 Lois Freeman
Nov 12, 2017 Robin Blakesley
Nov 12, 2017 DayLynn McDonald
Nov 12, 2017 Jelica Roland
Nov 10, 2017 Vianney Ventura
Nov 8, 2017 Annicka Chetty
Nov 7, 2017 Christine Marasco
Nov 6, 2017 Elaine Dunn
Nov 6, 2017 tony pallini
Nov 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 2, 2017 Peggy Mason Our VETS deserve the BEST. period
Nov 2, 2017 S Strand
Nov 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 1, 2017 Robert Altman Failure to properly care for our Vets, especially those with combat related issues, is nothing short of CRIMINAL!!
Nov 1, 2017 Jose Fernandez Non Combat Veterans who has PTSD should have a meeting at all Veteran Medical Centers no its buts.
Oct 31, 2017 Beverly Linton
Oct 31, 2017 Jodi Abel
Oct 30, 2017 Diana Schuls
Oct 30, 2017 Opal Cameron
Oct 28, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Oct 28, 2017 doris gonen
Oct 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 28, 2017 Cindy Wattenschaidt
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 24, 2017 Richard Batten
Oct 23, 2017 (Name not displayed) I have dealt with 2 forms if PTSD; one from a near death experience, the other from an abusive relative. The latter was the worst but God and Celebrate Recovery saved my life.
Oct 16, 2017 lillian cabral
Oct 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 15, 2017 Carol Howard Our veterans coming home from war, hell on earth see things that we will never see. I have had depression and PTSD since I was 10, at 64. they should have the very best programs psychiatric care. God is angry this country has left them to suicide. Amen!
Oct 15, 2017 Rene Jeannoutot
Oct 15, 2017 Judy Stalzer
Oct 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 15, 2017 Hal Bennett
Oct 15, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 15, 2017 April Yocky
Oct 15, 2017 Francine Ozoigbo
Oct 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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