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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 24, 2018 Janie Anderson
Mar 23, 2018 Jane Rigney
Mar 22, 2018 Charlie Para
Mar 19, 2018 Kathy Jo Keever
Mar 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 15, 2018 Carol Archinal
Mar 14, 2018 K Cherry
Mar 13, 2018 Carmen Blakely
Mar 13, 2018 Mary Wilson
Mar 13, 2018 Jeanette Taylor
Mar 5, 2018 Stephanie Feyne
Mar 1, 2018 CHRISSIE Boone
Feb 27, 2018 María Isabel Rodriguez
Feb 27, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please help veterans with PTSD.
Feb 26, 2018 Steve Walker
Feb 26, 2018 Tobi Zausner
Feb 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 26, 2018 Susan Closson
Feb 26, 2018 Kim Fike
Feb 26, 2018 Pamela Presti
Feb 26, 2018 Erin Daniels
Feb 26, 2018 Patty langford
Feb 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 26, 2018 Betty Finley
Feb 26, 2018 Marsha A Christoph Please look into more ways to help our veterans with Combat PTSD. We owe it to them to help them. Without their sacrifices we would not have our freedoms. We CANNOT ignore their needs!!
Feb 26, 2018 Pat Stephens My friend tried to say this but had an error so I'll repeat her message here: losing a loved one to war is awful but losing them to inaction after they return home alive is unconscionable. We must try new things when the old methods fail this miserably.
Feb 26, 2018 Glynda Walker losing a loved one to war is awful but losing them to inaction after they retunscionable. We must try new things when the old methods fail this miserably.
Feb 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 26, 2018 C Ernest These men and women deserve better from us.
Feb 26, 2018 Lisa Sanders If nothing is done soon, suicide will be responsible for the deaths of more vets than combat
Feb 26, 2018 Martin Weit
Feb 26, 2018 Tom Diamond Inaction and an unwillingness to try new methods are killing our veterans.
Feb 26, 2018 Anne Sims Please do more to serve our brave vets. It is criminal that they offer to give their life for our country and then we let them down when they need us the most.
Feb 26, 2018 jane diamond
Feb 26, 2018 Ian Whitelaw
Feb 26, 2018 Karen Leifker Please do everything possible to support veterans with PTSD--they earned and deserve it!
Feb 26, 2018 MerryAnne Hess
Feb 26, 2018 Dawn Longo
Feb 26, 2018 Constance Lawson
Feb 26, 2018 Chrissy Smutny
Feb 26, 2018 R. MOREU
Feb 26, 2018 Joseph Phillips
Feb 26, 2018 Donald DavisSr
Feb 26, 2018 Judith Damon
Feb 26, 2018 Priscilla Tine'
Feb 26, 2018 Joseph Folino Gallo
Feb 26, 2018 Ms. Jocelyn Valdez-loqui

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