Petition Tag - ptsd

1. PTSD COVERAGE for First Responders in Florida, SB 1088

In the wake of the Pulse tragedy the case of Officer Gerry Realin, exposed the harsh reality that Florida workers' compensation law does not recognize post traumatic stress disorder as a work injury for First Responders. Over the last six months media reports have highlighted the need to change this law to benefit First Responders and the communities they serve. In response several Florida legislators have taken action, but there are serious concerns that proposed legislation may not go far enough in protecting these brave men and women in uniform. In particular, the bill filed by Senator Perry, SB 516, could be interpreted as limiting coverage for PTSD to situations occurring outside the normal course of employment. Conversely, the bill filed by Senator Torres, SB 1088 ,provides broad coverage with a more favorable burden of proof. Florida must pass the most favorable and broadest protections for First Responders suffering from PTSD, and the time to act is now.

2. MDMA study for police officers at Standing Rock

Dear Rick Doblin, Founder and Director of MAPS,

We are a group of patriots and concerned citizens who encourage you to think about starting a study to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms in officers of the police and national guard when they return from the Standing Rock protests.

Watching images of the protests at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota has been a challenging and shocking process for our whole country. There is no question that for police officers who put themselves the front of critical issues facing the American economy there is an increased risk of emotional harm as well as physical violence.

MAPS has done notable work treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in U.S. police officers, as well as soldiers in both the U.S.A. and Israel. You have been to the Pentagon to discuss the potential of this therapy for US patriots, and you told WIRED Magazine at the time that: "There’s been this history of conflict between psychedelics and the military, and we’re trying to say that’s not the only vision. There’s a way for us to come together."

WE AGREE! But while the military are our protectors abroad, the police are our protectors here at home, putting themselves on the front line for our freedom.

Police offers traditionally face stigma when looking for treatment with PTSD. As one cop told CNN, "The mentality in the police department is if you go and see someone and you're stressed, you're a weak person." Help to break through this stigma, and to support our brave patriots and protectors.

Thank you again for all of your service to bring this country forward!

3. Support Veterans with TBI and TBS who should not be called "DERANGED" by the Media

Approximately two (2) weeks ago, on a CNN segment hosted by Poppy Harlow a panel of so-called experts were discussing the shooting death of Mr. Keith Lamont Scott shot and killed by Charlotte, NC Police. One of the experts was a legal analyst named Paul Callan. The point was brought out by either the Host Poppy Harlow or someone on the Panel, that Mr. Scott's wife could be heard on the video which had just been released by the Police saying to the police "he won't hurt you he has "TBI" and he just took his medicine"! As they went around the panel getting their comments as to how the police handled the situation, Paul Callan said: "Poppy the larger question as far as I'm concerned, is how does a "DERANGED" individual get a gun"? He went directly from TBI to "DERANGED"! Poppy Harlow nor anyone else on the panel corrected him! No one! Now more than any other time with the high rate of suicide, this issue must be understood! Anyone who suffers from PTSD or TBI , Military or not should be respected! They are NOT "D-E-R-A-N-G-E-D"!

CNN HAS TO TAKE DISCIPLINARY ACTION AGAINST PAUL CALLAN AND ANY OTHER PERSON IN THEIR EMPLOY THAT USES SUCH FOUL LANGUAGE TO DESCRIBE TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES !

4. Increase Mental Health funding in the Northern Territory

The United Conservative Party is extremely concerned with the state of the mental health care system in the Northern Territory.

Suicide rates in the NT are the highest in the nation and nearly double the national average. (1)

With proven statistics like this you would believe that Mental Health would be at the very forefront of the governments mind. But instead the NT government allowed the NT Lifeline call centre to close after refusing to increase funding by just $150,000 per annum. (2)

The situation is further compounded by the blatant neglect of suitable mental health services for its 5000 defence personnel. Any current or ex-service personnel in the Northern Territory suffering from PTSD, has to travel to Adelaide to receive suitable treatment. (3)

(1) http://www.ntnews.com.au/news/centralian-advocate/nt-suicide-rates-highest-in-australia-according-to-abs/story-fnk4wgm8-1226879078549
(2) http://www.ntnews.com.au/lifestyle/lifeline-closes-only-local-nt-call-centre/news-story/f558bea939e12a389cf389950a478c24
(3) http://www.ntnews.com.au/news/northern-territory/labor-spokeswoman-for-veterans-affairs-amanda-rishworth-shocked-by-the-state-of-veteran-services-in-the-northern-territory/news-story/4f7e6f6d5179cecbb2bb48b66595fbd1

5. HBOT THERAPY FOR IOWA VETS

Today over 22 veterans will take their own lives needlessly due to TBI &PTSD. Treatment exists and is safe and very effective in the form of HBOT. (hyperbaric oxygen therapy) Its actually can and does CURE these issues returning the Veteran in most cases to Pre-combat condition mentally. Increases IQ and more benefits of oxygen based therapy under pressure.

Its being denied to our soldiers and we want this changed. Its criminal to withhold treatment from our troops when it is readily available. We ask that it be placed "ON LABEL" as treatable by HBOT. It currently is not on label.

It was approved in Oklahoma and has had great success returning soldiers to a normal life again. We need it to be part of every returning vets protocol.

It is safe and very effective. Soldiers are being force fed a steady diet of Pain killers, anti Psychotics, muscle relaxers and other drugs that have proven ineffective and in most cases have led to abuse and sadly in some cases Suicide.

In epidemics laws can be passed very quickly. We believe this is an epidemic and this law must be passed immediately to put it ON LABEL today. Every day that passes we lose more young Americans. www.treatnow.org

6. Lower Veteran Suicide Rates

While the number 22 Veteran Suicides daily is going around, this number is not exact. Some research states that the number is closer to 18 and other research that the number is much higher. Regardless of the exact number, any number is a concern. Currently the Veterans Affairs (VA) has approved using Complimentary Alternative Medicine (CAM) for treating PTSD. The approved CAM treatments for PTSD are: meditation, acupuncture, relaxation and yoga. While these alternative treatments have shown some benefits they are not treatments that the majority of our Veterans would choose.

A study was conducted at St John of God Hospital in Richmond, Australia comparing two groups. Patients being treated for PTSD with group therapy, medication and psychotherapy and patients being treated for PTSD using a structured fitness program in addition to the traditional care. Results showed that those using the structured fitness program showed greater improvements in PTSD symptoms than those that did not take part in the structured fitness program. In addition, those that participated in the structured fitness program lost weight, recovered more quickly from injuries and were healthier overall. They had such great results with this study that they now implement structured fitness into their PTSD treatment programs.

In addition to this study they have extensive medical documentation that shows the numerous benefits exercise has on mental health. From my own personal experience and discussing treatment programs with other Veterans with PTSD, I know that physical exercise significantly reduces symptoms. While numerous Veterans may have gym memberships, the affordable gyms are crowded and often trigger PTSD symptoms. Not only this but the average Veteran has been trained to do what they are told in regards to their fitness. When they leave the military they often gain a significant amount of weight and struggle with their health.

An individual will have greater benefits working with a certified personal trainer than they would on their own. While Veterans with PTSD are encouraged to engage in physical exercise this is not enough. Let’s face it, not many Veterans are going to want to enter a room full of women and try to do a downward dog. Another option needs to be provided. It is proven that exercise significantly benefits our mental health. A structured exercise program designed by a certified personal trainer specifically for that individual, will have significantly higher results than those that attempt to exercise alone with no guidance.

7. Start using "Quiet" Fireworks. Help save a vet!

Many veterans as well as civilians and animals suffer from the loud noise of fireworks.

There is no reason to have the thunderous noises that fireworks cause distress to sufferers of PTSD everywhere.

Please sign this and share the idea with those in your local government. Lets start a movement as well as a discussion. Maybe we can alleviate the stress that many people suffer on some holidays.

The "Quiet Fireworks" are beautiful and just as thrilling if not more so than loud ones.

8. Clear the Battlefield: Save Allepo and Protect our Troops

As service members, veterans and their loved ones; we believe clearing the battlefield of people who are fleeing war and war like atrocities is our patriotic duty. We believe that our troops don't suffer from PTSD when they are confident the target is a confirmed terrorists. We believe it's the uncertainty that causes traumatic stress.

Many of us have seen, first hand, the terror inflicted by the enemies we have been sent to eliminate. We have also witnessed, with horror, the enemy using innocent life to shield their own. Many of us will live with those images for the remainder of our days and it will be our loved ones, not Congress, who comfort us.

Sign here to tell the President of the United States that you support our troops by clearing the battlefield of innocent civilians so they can do their job.

Sign here to tell the world that you know the difference between terrorists and the terrorized.

Sign here if you believe clearing the battlefield of innocent civilians is important to our troops as is clearing it of roadside bombs.

9. Petition to force presidential candidates to specifically address the reality of Veteran Suicide

According to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health ("Estimating the Risk of Suicide Among US Veterans," Kaplan et al.), an estimated 5,000 veterans die by suicide each year. The VA's Suicide Data Report, 2012 found a higher figure, 22 suicides per pay, or 8,000 per year. The VA study also recorded 11,000 non-fatal suicide attempts a year.

A 2007 study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found that male veterans are twice as likely as their civilian counterparts to commit suicide.

50% of those with PTSD do not seek treatment....out of the half that seek treatment, only half of them get "minimally adequate" treatment.

Fact is this is a topic where studies, or reports, or panels need not apply. Losing even one soldier at home due to lack of available care is appalling. With a federal budget of 3.5 trillion dollars, our military should not have to suffer a lack of care. If you can send our friends and family to risk death, you can do what is necessary to protect and care for them at home.

10. Bill H.R. 667 Veterans Equal Access Act

To This Great Nation Saturday, July 4, 2015

Bill H.R. 667 147th Congress (2015-2016) Veteran Equal Access Act

We The People. Are asking the Republic of the United States of America. To Redress the (VA) Veterans Affairs systematically. Concerning Veterans Disability Rights. To bestow upon this Nation’s disabled Veterans Equal Access to Respective States Medical Marijuana Programs. For the welfare, equality, equity And impartiality are disabled Veterans deserve.

This great nation has a duty. To liberate are disabled Veteran’s systemically. The current polices infringe upon disabled Veteran’s rights, liberties, equality, impartiality, and civil liberties. The Government of The United States. Has a duty to redress the rights being infringed upon? To redress current policy’s barring disabled veteran’s. From the same rights are civilian counter parts enjoy and benefit from.

Under Section 504 Of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Is a national law that protects qualified individuals from discrimination based on their disability or disabilities. It defines the rights of individuals with disabilities to participate in, and have access to, program benefits and services.

By passing Bill H.R. 667 Veterans Equal Access Act. Would greatly increase the opportunity for disabled veterans to gain the same standard of measure. Their civilian counter parts are granted. This bill Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to authorize VA health care providers to:(1) provide veterans with recommendations opinions regarding participation in their state’s marijuana programs, and (2) complete forms reflecting such recommendations and opinions.

I implore our Government to understand disabled veterans need another option. We the disabled veterans of America need your help. To pass Bill H.R. 667 147th Congress ( 2015 - 2016 ) Veterans Equal Access Act. To bring equality, civil liberties and impartiality back to are disabled veterans. Are we not equals in comparison of are civilian counterparts, with disabilities?

Under Section 504 States that ”no qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall be excluded from, denied the benefits of , or be subjected to discrimination under” any program or activity that either receives Federal Financial assistance Or is conducted by any Executive agency or the United States Postal Service.

So I located proof that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Is an Executive Department or Agency. Under USA.gov listings. Concerning the Federal Executive Branch. Also within the same list Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is listed. This is the respective federal program. In charge of respective states medical cannabis programs.

Also under 38 CFR 18.3 - (a) GENERAL: Discrimination prohibited. No person of the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program to which this part applies.

Here is a list of laws, I believe may help ratify a new policy within are (VA) nationwide. Within in these laws are subsections, which may have the ability to redress current policy of the VA nationally.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Is a national law that protects qualified individuals from discrimination based on their disability.

ADA Title II: State and Local Government Activities

[29 FR 19301 , Dec , 1964. Re designated at 45 FR 63268, Sept. 24, 1980]

38 CFR 18.3 - Discrimination Prohibited.

38 CFR 18.1 - Purpose

38 CFR 15.130 General prohibitions against discrimination.

29 U.S Code 794 - Nondiscrimination under Federal grants and programs.

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11. Bring HB 3785 to a vote - Texas Needs Medicine

For the first time ever, there is comprehensive medical marijuana legislation in Texas. HB 3785 was recently heard in the House Public Health Committee where dozens of severely ill patients, veterans with PTSD, and doctors testified in support.

The fate of hundreds of thousands of patients in Texas are in the hands of Rep Myra Crownover and the Public Health Committee she chairs. The facts about the medicinal benefits of medical marijuana are known to her Committee. The only unknown facts are the ones that are influencing her decision to delay HB 3785.

The bill will allow patients with cancer, seizure disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other debilitating conditions to access medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. And it would establish a tightly regulated system of licensed marijuana cultivators, processors, and dispensaries to qualified applicants.

Thousands of patients in Texas are needlessly suffering because they have no access medical marijuana. Right now patients face fleeing the state or participating in the criminal market to simply access the medicine that works for them. It’s cruel and it’s time for reform.

We can’t do it without you. Stand with seriously ill Texans and urge your legislators to approve safe and legal access to medical marijuana.

Please contact Rep. Crownover today and ask her to bring the bill to a vote!

12. Ptsd Support & Global Awareness Campaign

INVISIBLE NO MORE!

We are an International community of advocates working together to educate and create global healing.

We are committed to being the force behind movement to stop the traumatic cycling of Ptsd, through education awareness and advocacy and we need the world to stand with us.

The enormity of PTSD's pervasiveness Internationally most certainly makes it a Global Crisis that can no longer be ignored.

13. STOP FAMILY COURT FROM PRACTICING EXPERIMENTAL PAS THREAT THERAPY

RICHARD GARDENER'S THREAT THERAPY IS EXPERIMENTAL, SCIENTOLOGY. IT HIDES THE SEX OFFENDERS BEHIND THE VAIL OF THE FAMILY COURT. IT IS CONDUCTED BY SADISTIC CONTRACTED DR WHICH TRAUMATIZE THE CHILDREN.

14. Straight, Inc. Survivor's Letter Requesting Acknowledgement and an Apology

Related links with more information, documents, survivor accounts, media coverage, etc. about Straight Inc.

http://survivingstraightinc.com/home

"Straight, Inc. (1976-1993) publicly claimed to rehabilitate teenage drug users by using tough love and Alcoholics Anonymous principles. Straight, Inc. provided NO professional counseling: Straight, Inc.'s "treatment model" relied exclusively on "positive peer pressure" from unprofessional staff (program graduates) and from the teenage clients. Straight, Inc. claimed to have an astronomically high success rate and was supported by both the Reagan and Bush administrations."

"However, Straight, Inc. did not publicly reveal what many survivors will tell you. The REAL Straight, Inc. was a facility that used coercive thought reform (aka mind control, brainwashing), public humiliation, sleep & food deprivation, extremely harsh confrontational tactics, kidnapping, isolation and emotional, mental, psychological, verbal and physical abuse to forcibly break us down then remold us in the Straight, Inc. image. Straight, Inc. also operated in secrecy, just like a cult (Straight, Inc. has been listed on at least 2 cult expert websites). No outsiders were ever permitted to know what really went on. Straight's rules and our fear of harsh punishment prevented us from talking to outsiders or from reporting abuses."

More links:

http://survivingstraightinc.com/newspaper__magazine_articles_covering_straight_inc_1976-1993

http://survivingstraightinc.com/document_library

http://survivingstraightinc.com/straight_articles_and_information - lots of articles, books, radio shows, etc. here written by journalists, cult and drug war experts, addictions experts, etc.

Also, here is a link to the petition that was posted on another site - the old version has technical difficulties that cannot be repaired - 583 signatures collected there.

http://www.petitiononline.com/petitions/295561me/signatures

15. Dr Phil should apologize!

**New The Phil show Goes half way and changes name of show to "Heroes in Pain", but yet no formal apology to our Veterans**

Please read the story that was posted in You Served.

We’ve received a lot of response about last week’s show, “Heroes in Pain,” which focused on the epidemic of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a condition that torments so many lives, including soldiers who’ve put their lives on the line serving our country. Some viewers expressed concern, and even disappointment, with the show’s original title, “Heroes to Monsters?” Our intent was to acknowledge the question so often cited in the media, not to make a statement, and to emphasize the severity of the pain and suffering our guests say they experience. In doing so, we unintentionally offended some of our viewers, and have therefore changed the title to more accurately reflect the show’s content.

I’m glad the show stirred so many of you to respond. Our goal is, and always will be, to call attention to the challenges our returning soldiers face, including PTSD. I really wanted you to hear firsthand the effects that PTSD can have on war heroes and their families, and I’m grateful to our guests for being so candid and honest about their experiences. I hope other media outlets will join us in talking openly about these challenges and our need as a society to respond with compassionate action. Two of my three sisters married fighter pilots (Vietnam era), and my nephew flew many missions as a Navy fighter pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan, so the lives of our veterans hits very close to home.

They should have just said, “Hey guys, we’re just going to change the name, so could you kindly back off? Oh and we’re going to leave that damaged goods voice over bit in the preview.”

Did Dr. Phil ever stop to point out that most veterans with PTSD don’t end up setting their wives on fire or stabbing people repeatedly in the face? Of course not. Indeed, recent research has found that the link between PTSD and violent behavior is actually weak.
How many veterans with PTS have never committed an act of violence. How many haven’t committed a crime? I can tell you that the number of veterans that have not outnumbers those that have by far. How many people saw this show and the numerous reports in the media of bad behavior by those with PTS? How many of those now assume everyone with PTS is dangerous? Far more than anyone knows or is willing to admit. The potential number scares me to even think about.

What Dr. Phil should have written, in my opinion, is this. “We are deeply saddened that we handled this topic so poorly. We regret not inviting additional veterans with PTS that have learned to live with their illness as part of our support and treatment plans for Matt and Mark. We are currently planning a follow up show that will feature veterans that defy the myth and stereotype furthered by our show and many in the media. An overwhelming majority of veterans diagnosed with PTS are not violent, monsters, or damaged goods.”

They should have left off the slimely marketing of The PTSD Breakthrough at the end of the “apology” as well. In case you’re unaware, Dr. Frank Lawlis is the author of The PTSD Breakthrough and is also the chairman of the Dr. Phil Advisory Board. By the way, the show is listed with it’s original title on Dr. Phil’s bio page of Dr. Lawli

THIS IS THE COMMENTS THAT DR. PHIL STATED ON HIS SHOW ABOUT OUR VETERANS.

PTSD: civilians just love to paint veterans as riddled with this disease, causing them to become violent, unhinged lunatics who will explode at the slightest provocation.

Look at just about any news story where a violent crime is committed by a veteran, and PTSD is almost immediately floated as the reason. In the media narrative, violence and PTSD go hand-in-hand. At the same time, troops are criticized for not coming forward and admitting they have a problem, and seeking help for it. (Gee, could it possibly be because we paint veterans with PTSD as homicidal lunatics?)

Dr. Phil, arguably one of the most popular talk show hosts on the planet, decided to feature this issue on his show this week. And while he could have taken a reasonable approach, he went straight for the gut instead. Titling the show “From Heroes To Monsters”, he painted a picture of vets with PTSD as ticking time bombs of violence, describing them as damaged goods who “destroy families” and “dismantle marriages”.

Editor note: the video after the jump WILL autoplay.

One of Dr. Phil’s guests, Matt, is a former Marine who struggles with PTSD. He speaks about how, while deployed to Afghanistan, he repeatedly stabbed an enemy combatant in the face, even after he was dead, to get his anger out. He also claims he saw “lots” of innocent people killed, including women and children. (His last name isn’t given, so it’s impossible to verify his claims of killing women and children while deployed to Afghanistan.)

After Matt, Dr. Phil featured Mark and Heather. Mark is another veteran with PTSD who admits he has violent rages, says his life has been destroyed, and is afraid of what he will do to his family. Heather’s husband, Duane, had PTSD. He beat her and set her on fire.

The common thread between all of these stories: violence. Did Dr. Phil ever stop to point out that most veterans with PTSD don’t end up setting their wives on fire or stabbing people repeatedly in the face? Of course not. Indeed, recent research has found that the link between PTSD and violent behavior is actually weak. Another dirty little secret Dr. Phil didn’t feel was necessary to point out: civilians get PTSD, too. In fact, anyone can get it — anyone who has been through a trauma. According to the VA, about 7-8% of the general population will get PTSD at some point in their lives. For veterans, the risk is slightly higher, although not by much at 11-20%. And, believe it or not, the symptoms of PTSD do not include sudden violence such as setting your wife on fire or stabbing people in the face. Common symptoms include reliving the event, avoiding situations that remind you of it, feeling numb, feeling jittery, suddenly being angry or irritable, having trouble sleeping, etc. Setting your wife on fire? Not so much a normal occurrence. While relationship problems and violence may occur, acting as if it is a foregone conclusion (as Dr. Phil did) and saying that vets with PTSD are “monsters” is ridiculous and offensive.

It has been noted time and again, including here at You Served, that there is a stigma associated with veterans who have PTSD. While things may slowly be getting better, we still have a long way to go. And clearly, that goes for civilians as well. When the leading daytime talk show host runs a show calling veterans with PTSD “monsters” and “damaged goods”, it’s no wonder that there is a stigma attached to PTSD. The media gleefully paints vets who struggle with it as ticking time bombs, as stereotypes of lunatics about to snap at any given moment. The narrative isn’t new… but I don’t ever recall seeing veterans being so blatantly insulted by being called “monsters” and “damaged goods”.

I’m curious if Dr. Phil honestly thinks it’s helpful to paint such a negative, violent picture of veterans struggling with PTSD. I would wager he doesn’t care at all about how this affects our military. Because if he did, this show wouldn’t have existed. What he has done is continue to spread a false and harmful narrative about our troops, which spreads the stigma associated with PTSD even further. And what does that do? It encourages veterans who are struggling with symptoms of PTSD to become even more reluctant to come forward and seek help. Why would they? They’re being told that they’re monsters, damaged goods, violent abusive lunatics. While Dr. Phil is by no means the only perpetrator, this is by far the worst example I have seen in the media.

Having PTSD does not make you “damaged goods”. Does having cancer make someone damaged? What about depression, or bipolar disorder, or any number of other diseases? Telling someone who has PTSD that they are a monster and therefore need to get help makes about as much sense as telling a woman who has breast cancer that she’s damaged goods and therefore needs chemotherapy. It’s not going to encourage anyone to actually seek help. What it will surely do for vets, though, is reinforce the idea that they are somehow broken, that they’ll be judged and punished for having PTSD, and make them think that they are right to not tell anyone and to not get help. None of our troops who are afflicted with PTSD are monsters, they are not damaged, and 99% of them are not violent, homicidal maniacs about to snap at any moment.

The men and women who serve in our Armed Forces give up so much. They sacrifice their time with their families, their bodies, and their lives. For some, they sacrifice their mental health. This does not make them broken, or crazy, or violent, and it especially does not make them monsters. Meanwhile, here is Dr. Phil, taking the sacrifice and exploiting it, calling our troops — who have already given up so much for us — monsters. He should be ashamed of himself.

If he has any honor at all, any gratitude for the service of our veterans, he’ll issue an apology and a retraction. You can contact the Dr. Phil Show at:

Read more at YouServed: http://www.vamortgagecenter.com/blog/2012/04/20/dr-phil-vets-with-ptsd-are-damaged-goods-monsters/#ixzz1sijhpckP

16. PTSD Acknowledgement Accountability And Global Awareness

PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a debilitating condition that follows a terrifying event an invisible wound and epidemic causing incredible pain and suffering often death.

Re-traumatization patterns appear to be the result of further exposure to trauma and/or psychotropic drugs indicating further transformation of the Amygdala, Medial Prefrontal Cortex, and Hippocampal Function. Symptoms only to name a few include feeling detached from others and emotionally numb.

Appearing to be often an intentional oversight and it is an invisible wound that can be inflicted and manipulated with intent. The result of Government lack of acknowledgement and accountability is certainly questionable.

As a result survivors are left often with next to no alternative but to seek truth for themselves. With often next to no alternative.

A great deal of further research must be done in respect to more effective treatment and cause. PTSD sufferers are being denied their innate human right to Freedom.

17. Review Veteran Mental Health Care

* More veterans are committing suicide than are dying in combat.

*Veterans Affairs (VA) Statistics: Average of 18 vets commit suicide each and every day.

*Suicide rates researched by CBS new between 2004-2005...and the rates are raising fast...
Results 2004:
Overall Rates
Veterans: 17.5 to 21.8 per 100,000
Non-Veterans: 9.4 per 100,000
Male Rates
Veterans: 30.6 to 38.3 per 100,000
Non-Veterans: 18.3 per 100,000
Female Rates
Veterans: 10.0 to 12.5 per 100,000
Non-Veterans: 4.8 per 100,000

Results 2005:
Overall Rates
Veterans: 18.7 to 20.8 per 100,000
Non-Veterans: 8.9 per 100,000
Male Rates
Veterans: 31.5 to 35.3 per 100,000
Non-Veterans: 17.6 per 100,000
Female Rates
Veterans: 11.1 to 12.3 per 100,000
Non-Veterans: 4.5 per 100,000

*Troubling new data show there are an average of 950 suicide attempts each month by veterans who are receiving some type of treatment from the Department of Veterans Affairs...about 18 veteran suicides a day, about five by veterans who are receiving VA care.

*In fiscal 2009, which ended Sept. 30, there were 1,621 suicide attempts by men and 247 by women who served in Iraq or Afghanistan, with 94 men and four women dying.

18. The Purple Heart should be awarded to Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who have service-related Traumatic Stress

A Petition to Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary Eric Shinseki.

The Purple Heart should be awarded to Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who have service-related Traumatic Stress.

Denying Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffering from PTSD the Purple Heart is a grave injustice.

19. Support proper treatment of veterans who have PTSD

The intent of the petition is to get veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) proper treatment.

It was reported that more than 32,000 military service men and women from Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) who were discharged from the military between 2001-2005 were found by Veterans Affairs examiners to have mental health problems, including substance abuse (www.military.com article Mental Health Plagues Current Vets).

The bill Joshua Omvig Veteran Suicide Prevention act does just that. The bill was named after a young marine who committed suicide due to untreated PTSD. At this point it is reported that The following areas are addressed with the bill: to military and veterans: Staff Education, Screening of Veterans Receiving Medical Care, Tracking of Veterans, Counseling and Treatment of Veterans, Designation of Suicide Prevention Counselors, Best Practices Research, Sexual Trauma Research, 24-Hour Mental Health Care, Hotline, Outreach and Education for Veterans and Families, and Peer Support Counseling Programs.

This comprehensive plan goal is to limit incidents of suicide among veterans by allowing detailed preventive actions. The bill has recently passed in the House of Representatives on 3/21/07 unanimously, the next step is to be presented to Senate.

Whether you are for or against this war, military and veterans are suffering from mental issues. I am sure many of you are connected to military in some way. Whether it is you, family, friends, coworkers or people in your community, the bill will help the well being of many.

Please support this law by signing this petition to ensure that our military men and woman are receiving proper medical and mental health treatment.

20. Charge parents who have severely obese children

This does not include children with medical disabilities such as Down Syndrome.