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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

Mar 27, 2017 Susan Fisher
Mar 27, 2017 pearl wheeler
Mar 24, 2017 Miranda Ganolli
Mar 19, 2017 (Name not displayed) We can use this.
Mar 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 17, 2017 audrey pearman
Mar 16, 2017 Angel Edwards
Mar 15, 2017 Nancy Slanger Stop stalling and start taking some real care of our vets. Twenty two vet suicides a day is a catastrophe.
Mar 15, 2017 Mikail Barron
Mar 15, 2017 Marjorie Coey There is nothing that we should not do to help our vets come back to us...for shame!
Mar 15, 2017 Josephine Godino
Mar 15, 2017 Joyce Haskins
Mar 15, 2017 susan foley
Mar 15, 2017 Charlene Sipe
Mar 15, 2017 Lisa Briggs
Mar 15, 2017 Geraldine Smith
Mar 15, 2017 Karen Frank The Veterans helped us, now they NEED help!
Mar 15, 2017 Marga Childs
Mar 15, 2017 Leslie Davis Please help these heroes whatever it takes.
Mar 15, 2017 (Name not displayed) My father was a Vietnam vet and I know how dignity and respect are needed for Vets. Please help the Vets as they fought for our freedom and now because of war and the horrific images, they need our help!
Mar 15, 2017 Jeanne Sherman
Mar 15, 2017 John Breen
Mar 15, 2017 Casey Cox
Mar 15, 2017 kimberly maxey
Mar 15, 2017 Kathy Sperling This is VERY IMPORTANT for the vets & their family .
Mar 14, 2017 Juan Alicea
Mar 14, 2017 Glenda Foreman
Mar 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 13, 2017 Farrah Sutton All vets should have all healthcare needs met.This includes mental health.Lets fix this before we loose more veterans.
Mar 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 12, 2017 Shadiya Wade
Mar 12, 2017 Kayla S We need to make sure the very ones who serve and protect this country are getting something they may know works for them and not saying it works for every Veteran but they know their bodies and everyone is different so something like.this works for many
Mar 11, 2017 Corey Williams
Mar 11, 2017 Patricia L. Ferich
Mar 9, 2017 micki sutton
Mar 7, 2017 Erin Kegel We need to do whatever it takes to help our vets deal with PTSD and wherever any Vet lives, they should be allowed to have a dog/cat if that helps them to stay calm and relaxed. Laws need to change for our Vets.
Mar 6, 2017 Paula Bandt
Mar 6, 2017 Shirley Strang
Mar 6, 2017 David King
Mar 6, 2017 Jessica Brown
Mar 6, 2017 Brenda Sabo Our Vets EARNED and DESERVE to be taken care of! YOU receive the benefits they sacrificed for! PLEASE do more....Thank You
Mar 6, 2017 Nadia Mousa
Mar 5, 2017 Ellena Pickerd
Mar 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 5, 2017 Charlene Weber
Mar 5, 2017 Kristi Weber
Mar 4, 2017 Judith Gilley
Mar 4, 2017 Joy Smiley

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