On November 10, 2005, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs announced that “the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will not review the files of 72,000 veterans currently receiving disability compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder…”
Imagine if, just one story could change a thousand lives….
The thing that is “Project PTSD.”
“Project PTSD” was formed as a “Not for Profit” 501(c)3 Corporation, designed to aid those afflicted by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
“Project PTSD” is the collaboration of a publishing house; “Caecus Fidelis Modica LLC” which has published the book “The Non Judicial Parent” and a video production company; “AngryMan Productions” that in the past has made videos for YouTube and various websites.
So how it is designed to work? You might ask, by bringing the two together. Well, following the in the footsteps of ‘Physician, heal yourself’ …the healing begins within.
ProjectPTSD is simple enough, have the individual suffering from PTSD write about it. They – those afflicted by PTSD tell you, of themselves. In their words, referencing their deeds, their actions, their fears, their bravery, their tears, their laughter, commitment and courage. Those stories, those glimpses into a life wholly unknown to most people today, will be as vast and as different as the individuals writing their books.
Now, you may be wondering “what the heck?” But please, bare with me here. Remember the initial statement of this web page? “On November 10, 2005, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs announced that “the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will not review the files of 72,000 veterans currently receiving disability compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder…” In 2005 there were 72,000.0 cases of PTSD acknowledged by the Department of Veterans affairs. In 2013 that number will must likely have been tripled, if not quadrupled in the number of Veterans with PTSD. So what is being done about it? Well, not much really. Unless of course you count the Veterans that have been thrown in prison, unable to get even a modicum of help for their condition[A]. And that’s where “projectPTSD” just might help. By having those afflicted with this type of injury, write about their experience and then publish that in a compiled book format.
Giving the Veteran an added since of accomplishment for their service to the United States, by protecting it’s citizens and those harbored inside it’s borders. Reminding those Service Men and Women that what they did, will not go un-noticed and will forever live in the annals of History. A book that will be in the Library of Congress forever. A book that will be on a bookshelf not only in the Library of Congress, but in a library or in a home, or even permanently on someone’s computer. As the soldier writes of their experiences, they have a means to relieve themselves of that burden that the stress of combat has entrenched into their hearts and minds. They can ensure themselves the most sacred of promises in life: that their friends saved and lost by the actions of combat will never be forgotten, and will forever more be found in a book, as a written declaration of their deeds to this Country. That for virtually every soldier, save for a select few, is something that has never been done before.
And as an added measure of healing and of success, they can forevermore, carry the title of “Author” as an association of their name, and their life’s accomplishments. We work with them from beginning to end, giving them all they may need to write of their experiences and then publish that compilation in a bond book. Together, with your help, we can cut a large pathway through the debilitating affects of PTSD.
What is PTSD? ”PTSD” or “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder”, is a very extreme and directed stress upon the individual to the virtual point of breaking.
As stated in Wikipedia; “PTSD is believed to be caused by the experience of a wide range of traumatic events and, particularly if the trauma is extreme, can occur in persons with no predisposing conditions.
Persons considered at risk include combat military personnel, victims of natural disasters, concentration camp survivors and victims of violent crime. Individuals not infrequently experience “survivor’s guilt” for remaining alive while others died. Causes of the symptoms of PTSD are the experiencing or witnessing of a stressor event involving death, serious injury or such threat to the self or others in a situation in which the individual felt intense fear, horror, or powerlessness. Persons who are employed in occupations which expose them to violence (such as soldiers) or disasters (such as emergency service workers) are also at risk.
Imagine, just one story could change a thousand lives….
But, PTSD also effects the best America has to offer: “
A review of the provision of compensation to veterans for PTSD by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs began in 2005 after the VA had noted a 30% increase in PTSD claims in recent years. In 2005 the suicide rate among male Veteran VA users was 37.19 per 100,000, compared to 13.59 in females. This led to a backlash from veterans’-rights groups, and to some highly publicized suicides by veterans who feared losing their benefits, which in some cases constituted their only income. In response, on November 10, 2005, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs announced that “the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will not review the files of 72,000 veterans currently receiving disability compensation for posttraumatic stress disorder…”
Many veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have faced significant physical, emotional, and relational disruptions. In response, the United States Marine Corps has instituted programs to assist them in re-adjusting to civilian life, especially in their relationships with spouses and loved ones, to help them communicate better and understand what the other has gone through. Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) developed the Battlemind program to assist service members avoid or ameliorate PTSD and related problems.
The American Legion is the most popular social and mutual-aid veterans’ organization, with nearly 3 million members in over 14,000 Posts. Posts organize community events and service projects, and often have a bar open for limited hours. The American Legion is politically active on behalf of interests of veterans and service members, promoting support for veterans benefits, Veterans Affairs hospital system.
JUST ONE STORY, COULD CHANGE A THOUSAND LIVES…
- Lake, Kevin US Government Hiding Excessive Rate of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Landing in U.S. Prisons Due to Untreated P.T.S.D.
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