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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 Robert McDonald to explore other options to treat Combat PTSD.

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Dear Secretary Robert McDonald,

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

Jan 18, 2017 (Name not displayed) My brother suffered through PTSD for 12 years before taking his own life on Christmas Day 2016. A time of my life I will never forget or get over. Please help our service men and women.
Jan 17, 2017 Donita Gorrell We need to do whatever we can to save our veterans.
Jan 17, 2017 Megan Gorrell
Jan 17, 2017 GAIL SALATRIK I had a brother in law who lost the battle against PTSD. More needs to be done for these men & women,
Jan 17, 2017 Kathleen Devaney
Jan 17, 2017 Sylvia Martin
Jan 17, 2017 Ariel Harris
Jan 17, 2017 Mary Frederickson
Jan 17, 2017 STEPHANIE MINER My son took his life as a result of PTSD he suffered from after 2 tours in Afghanistan. This epidemic must be addressed and a solution found to help our troops and vets now
Jan 16, 2017 Emily Patrick
Jan 16, 2017 John Chambers
Jan 15, 2017 e t shame on the united states legislature. again you failed our armed service while looking out for yourselves. it should be mandatory all legislatures children serve in the armed forces. then watch what happens folks.
Jan 15, 2017 Merina Halingten
Jan 15, 2017 Cindy Perilstein
Jan 15, 2017 shashawna foland
Jan 15, 2017 Carmen Grant
Jan 14, 2017 Gertrud Bessai
Jan 14, 2017 Betsy Farmer
Jan 14, 2017 (Name not displayed) Look up Nicholas Norton on the Fairfield county Ohio, eagle gazett he is a combat veteran who tried to commit suicide by cop, now they are trying to send him to prison instead of an inpatient PTSD treatment program
Jan 14, 2017 Sue Jackson
Jan 14, 2017 Elaine Heathcoat
Jan 14, 2017 Susan Armistead, M.D.
Jan 14, 2017 Mariynn Taylor
Jan 13, 2017 Selena Millman
Jan 13, 2017 Francis Robertson
Jan 12, 2017 Michele Dechert
Jan 12, 2017 Henry Mongrain
Jan 11, 2017 Brittany James
Jan 11, 2017 Pam O'Hara
Jan 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 10, 2017 Kathleen Coffman
Jan 10, 2017 Stanley Fistick
Jan 10, 2017 Aleasa Crary
Jan 10, 2017 Beth Piuze
Jan 10, 2017 Tammy Boykin
Jan 10, 2017 Greg Huffman
Jan 5, 2017 Margie Curtis
Jan 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 4, 2017 Janice Wilczak
Jan 3, 2017 (Name not displayed) One size does NOT fit all!
Jan 3, 2017 Deborah Cronon We need to do everything we can for our veterans.
Jan 2, 2017 Heather .E. German
Jan 2, 2017 Jamie Neal
Jan 1, 2017 Vickie Morton
Dec 31, 2016 Sheri Reed
Dec 31, 2016 Cheryl Fryzel
Dec 29, 2016 Laura Bernal In honor of LCp Nathaniel Sosa 4/13/87-11/04/16 Laura Bernal
Dec 28, 2016 Martina Rimbaldo
Dec 27, 2016 (Name not displayed) One size does not fit all.

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