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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

Jul 20, 2017 Dr. Noel and Shirley Epke
Jul 19, 2017 Daniel Mitchell
Jul 19, 2017 robert Underwood
Jul 19, 2017 beatrice Shelton
Jul 19, 2017 Dennis Murphy Not everyone going into the military is made up for events that are about to happen in their lives. All military vets will come out changed for ever, so good some bad. We need to help them all got back to a point where they feel good about themselves
Jul 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2017 Ron Campbell I support our Vets 100%. They are entitled to the very best care our country has to offer.
Jul 18, 2017 Zane Libert
Jul 18, 2017 Arlene Snider
Jul 18, 2017 (Name not displayed) My father suffered from PTSD from WWI in France.
Jul 18, 2017 hobart meddaugh
Jul 17, 2017 Richard Neal
Jul 17, 2017 Larry Sullivan
Jul 17, 2017 bill gavin
Jul 16, 2017 Ben Hochstatter These are our warriors. They need our support.
Jul 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 16, 2017 Raymond Monreal We 9Vetern ) need help.
Jul 16, 2017 Rod Hoover
Jul 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 16, 2017 amber johnson
Jul 16, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Jul 15, 2017 james almond give the help our vets deserve
Jul 15, 2017 Frederick Mullis
Jul 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 15, 2017 Paul Taylor
Jul 15, 2017 william mcilraith
Jul 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2017 Katie Temple my husband has just been diagnosed with ptsd and we need all the help we can get
Jul 14, 2017 Robert Hertel
Jul 14, 2017 gerald Castaneda
Jul 14, 2017 Jerome Rinebolt
Jul 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 13, 2017 Donald Arndt
Jul 13, 2017 Scott Klein get these guy help !
Jul 13, 2017 (Name not displayed) Veterans need all the help they can get.
Jul 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 13, 2017 Robin Hughes
Jul 13, 2017 Robert DeGregorio
Jul 12, 2017 Richard Greene They fought for us, now take care of them.
Jul 12, 2017 susan radford all vetrans should have free medical care the rest of their lives
Jul 12, 2017 Marietta Coble These young men and women need our help. It's our duty to get them well again and it's our turn to call for action.
Jul 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 12, 2017 Tim Phillips
Jul 12, 2017 Kenneth Shake
Jul 11, 2017 Ray Platt Our Vets should have access to excellent care in the private sector when the VA wait time is too long or services are not available. Our veterans and active duty personnel deserve the best care possible!!!
Jul 11, 2017 charlotte holmberg
Jul 11, 2017 JUDY ROENICKE
Jul 10, 2017 les dodenhoff
Jul 10, 2017 Michael McCrea

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