More than a decade of war in the Middle East has pushed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the forefront of public health concerns. The last several years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans seeking help for PTSD, shining a spotlight on this debilitating condition and raising critical questions about appropriate treatment options and barriers to care. Less than half of returning veterans needing mental health services receive any treatment at all, and of those receiving treatment for PTSD and major depression, less than one-third are receiving appropriate care.
Provide information, insight and facts to guide and influence policy makers to assist with comprehensive programs to identify, counsel, treat and sustain soldiers dealing with the effects of stress and depression in their daily lives. We provide perspective, information and resources to those individuals who are dealing with the effects of PTSD directly but we also guide those agencies and departments who provide care for these individuals.
We will advocate for and support new and existing therapies and treatments for the reduction of the effects of PTSD from our soldiers returning from combat zones worldwide. Current protocols which have proven effective include Psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, Prolonged Exposure therapy , Cognitive Processing therapy along with new treatments including MeRT Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy, rTMS Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Stellate Ganglion Block, Ketamine Infusion therapy. Historically treatments have included various Antidepressants & Anti-Anxiety Medications.
Our target audience is found in the Various State National Guard units (Highest incidence of PTSD deaths ) Army, Airforce, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, Veterans Administration, State and National Legislators. We also work with Department of Veterans Services, Department of Veterans Affairs and local Governor's and Mayor's Challenges.
Provide financial resources and assist with the procurement of Federal Grant money and provide private funding to facilitate and assist in adding resources to existing programs while also supporting the development of pilot programs for the treatment of PTSD.
Today, we face the added pressures of Covid 19, shelter in place, and National Guard support for Medical Workers/First Responders as additional stresses on our Military personal suffering with PTSD. In addition, many men and women service members are now even more reluctant to see medical assistance with limited hospital and clinic capacity that is available coupled with the increased potential exposure that is possible from entering these facilities.
Bills before Congress presently dealing with PTSD NOW!
Funding Bill HR 2500 Provides for $5 million for the Defense Suicide prevention office and the National Guard Suicide prevention pilot program.
Trump Task force March 5 2019- Executive order creating a cabinet level task force named the Prevents Initiative- President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and the National Tragedy of Suicide.
President Trump June 17th 2020 releases roadmap for Prevents Initiative
Public Law No:116-171 (10/17/2020) Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019.
VA Zero Suicide Demonstration Project Act of 2020 Rep. Susie Lee D-NV
This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to award grants for a period of three years to eligible entities for the provision of post-traumatic stress disorder prevention services to veterans. Rep Mark Meadows R-NC
Became Law - No Hero Left Untreated Act Rep. Stephen Knight R-CA
Passed both houses enacted into law- Support for Suicide prevention Coordinators act. Rep. Anthony Brindisi D-NY
Became law - Advancing research to prevent Suicide act
Introduced -VA Suicide prevention services act
Introduced- National Suicide Hotline designation act of 2019
Introduced- Veteran Suicide Prevention act
Introduced -VA Suicide prevention services accountability act
Introduced- STOP Veteran Suicide and Substance Abuse act
Introduced- Veteran Suicide Prevention Counseling Act
Introduced- The VA to submit to congress an annual report on Veteran Suicide
Became law - Veterans Care Quality Transparency Act
Introduced- Reach Every Veteran in Crisis Act
4992 Introduced- REACH MIL Act
Introduced- Commitment to Veteran Support & Outreach Act
Introduced- Battle Buddy Check Week
Passed House- PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act
Introduced- PAWS Act for 2019