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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

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)
Oct 15, 2017 Dennis Dunne
Oct 15, 2017 Terry Benninghoff I am for helping the veterans
Oct 15, 2017 robert morrison living your worst day over and over is no way to live, help is needed on an individual need not a 1 size fits all, the system needs updated and you can make it happen and help the vets be all they can be again
Oct 15, 2017 john lester
Oct 14, 2017 Matthew Mitkos
Oct 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 14, 2017 (Name not displayed) I am a disabled veteran that has been diagnosed with complex PTSD
Oct 14, 2017 Rebecca Taylor
Oct 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 11, 2017 Maryanne Preli
Oct 11, 2017 Judith Carlson
Oct 10, 2017 Kathleen Willis You need to address PTSD now. Why can't the families who suffer the PTSD with the vet be compensated as well. It is a lonely debilitating disease.
Oct 9, 2017 Don Erskine
Oct 9, 2017 Marcia Rendon
Oct 9, 2017 Deborah Campbell
Oct 8, 2017 Monique Ramirez
Oct 8, 2017 Carol Kemmerer We need to do everything possible to help these veterans and the time is past due!!!
Oct 8, 2017 Tammy H
Oct 8, 2017 Olivia Romito
Oct 8, 2017 chris luczewski
Oct 7, 2017 Ingrid Thornquist
Oct 7, 2017 Dennis Geurts
Oct 7, 2017 David Lyman
Oct 7, 2017 Michael Swick
Oct 6, 2017 Sharon Stouffer I am getting my my counseling license in three years and I want to specialize in helping veterans who suffer from PTSD. No vet should have to face that alone and I would love to be a part of a program like those mentioned. Changes need to be made.
Oct 4, 2017 Arnold Cabral Can you please someone tell me what is Secretary of Veteran Affairs email is?
Oct 2, 2017 Anna Krohn
Oct 1, 2017 Thomas Foster single minded one way thinking does not get it in this day and age, open your eyes
Sep 25, 2017 Danielle Osterweil
Sep 24, 2017 Shirley Stafford
Sep 22, 2017 Dianne Brekhus
Sep 22, 2017 Carol Kelling
Sep 21, 2017 Richard Han
Sep 21, 2017 Gayle Goedhart
Sep 21, 2017 Desiray Blackburn
Sep 20, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Sep 19, 2017 Heidi Buckles
Sep 15, 2017 Kim Fincanon

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