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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

Sep 15, 2017 Kim Fincanon
Sep 15, 2017 Kristi L. Meccia
Sep 15, 2017 ARNOLD CABRAL Tell Congress have a meeting at all Veteran Medical Centers Non Combat Veterans who has PTSD.
Sep 14, 2017 Carrie Bolin
Sep 9, 2017 Kathleen Wiltsie LTC USA RET Reboot Recovery is a faith based course to help combat vets and spouses. highly recommend. Over 1800 graduates, in 24 states. check them out
Sep 6, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Sep 3, 2017 Pat Brown
Sep 2, 2017 Jen vonSchlieder
Aug 31, 2017 Tara Quenneville EMDR Thherapy as ab optiob
Aug 30, 2017 Kim Suminski
Aug 24, 2017 Anne Romanow
Aug 21, 2017 Paula McCarty
Aug 20, 2017 Rilla Heslin
Aug 19, 2017 Roberta Zur
Aug 18, 2017 Mary Ware
Aug 18, 2017 Yolanda Aguilar
Aug 18, 2017 Dwight Rainey
Aug 18, 2017 Mary Manner
Aug 18, 2017 JACOB Hostetler VA and PTSD need get in the same page, there so Many issues
Aug 18, 2017 Rebecca Harper
Aug 16, 2017 Alanna Reuben
Aug 14, 2017 Diane Czar
Aug 13, 2017 john sweeney
Aug 9, 2017 Roxie Pranger
Aug 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 8, 2017 m bradburn
Aug 8, 2017 Norma Corban
Aug 7, 2017 Dawn Shock
Aug 7, 2017 Clair Cochran
Aug 7, 2017 susan magner
Aug 7, 2017 danielle jacques
Aug 6, 2017 bill casey
Aug 6, 2017 Janet Matthews Let's give them the assistance they've earned.
Aug 6, 2017 (Name not displayed) My husband came home with ptsd
Aug 6, 2017 julie schmidt give the veterans the help they need. they did their job, now it's time for us to take care of them.
Aug 6, 2017 John Schwent Jr
Aug 6, 2017 Vanessa Montoya
Aug 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 5, 2017 Patrick Jaquish It just won't go away
Aug 5, 2017 Francis Lee Swartyz
Aug 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2017 Shelli Walters
Aug 3, 2017 John Szostak
Aug 2, 2017 Chelsea Glinski
Aug 2, 2017 (Name not displayed) My husband has untreated PTSD . It hard for him to admit it so he wont go for help. Now I am attempting to get him help thru VA. He wasn't using his resources with VA.
Aug 1, 2017 Deborah Wolfe
Jul 31, 2017 Susan Lindsey
Jul 31, 2017 Elizabeth Corcoran
Jul 31, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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