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RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, all citizens of the United States possess the basic human right to the preservation of personal dignity;

WHEREAS, all citizens of the United States deserve the investment of every possible resource to ensure their lasting physical, mental, and emotional well-being;

WHEREAS, the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces who proudly serve the United States risk their lives to protect our freedom;

WHEREAS, the diagnosis now known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was first defined by the American Psychiatric Association in 1980 to commonly and more accurately understand and treat veterans who had endured severe traumatic combat stress;

WHEREAS, combat stress has historically been viewed as a mental illness caused by a pre-existing flaw of character and/or ability; and the word ‚Äúdisorder” carries a stigma that perpetuates this misconception;

WHEREAS, post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) can occur after experiencing a severely traumatic event to include, but not be exclusive to: sexual assault, child abuse, high-impact collisions and crashes, natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and military combat;

WHEREAS, post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) is a very common injury to the brain that is treatable and repairable;

WHEREAS, referring to the complications from post-traumatic stress as a disorder perpetuates the stigma of and bias against mental illness, and this stigma can discourage the injured from seeking proper and timely medical treatment;

WHEREAS, making post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) less stigmatizing and more honorable can favorably influence those affected and encourage them to seek help without fear of retribution or shame;

WHEREAS proper and timely treatment can diminish suicide rates and

WHEREAS, all citizens suffering from post-traumatic stress injury deserve our compassion and consideration, those who have received these wounds in action against an enemy of the United States further deserve our tribute and acknowledgement:

NOW, THEREFORE, be it RESOLVED that the (Senate/House/Assembly):

  1. designates June 27, as (state) Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day;
  2. designates June as (state) Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month;
  3. respectfully urges our Departments of Public Health, Military and Veterans Affairs to continue working to educate victims of abuse, crime and natural disaster, service members, veterans and their families, as well as the general public, about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of post-traumatic stress injury and
  4. respectfully requests the (Secretary/Clerk) of the (Senate/House/Assembly) transmit a copy of this resolution to the Governor.

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PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces who proudly serve the United States and risk their lives to protect our freedom; deserve the investment of every possible resource to ensure their lasting physical, mental, and emotional well-being;

WHEREAS, combat operational stress has historically been viewed as a mental illness caused by a pre-existing flaw of character and/or ability; and the term Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) carries a stigma that perpetuates this misconception;

WHEREAS, post-traumatic stress can occur after experiencing a severely traumatic event to include, but not be exclusive to: sexual assault, child abuse, high-impact collisions and crashes, natural disasters, acts of terrorism and military combat;

WHEREAS, referring to the complications from post-traumatic stress as a disorder perpetuates the stigma of and bias against mental illness, and this stigma discourages those suffering from post-traumatic stress from seeking proper and timely medical treatment;

WHEREAS, making the condition less stigmatizing and more honorable can favorably influence those affected and encourage them to seek timely treatment help without fear of retribution or shame and diminish suicide rates and

WHEREAS, all citizens suffering from post-traumatic stress injury should retain the right to their dignity and deserve our consideration, those who have received these wounds in action against an enemy of the United States further deserve our tribute and acknowledgement:

NOW, THEREFORE, as Governor of (state), I do hereby proclaim June, (year) as

POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS MONTH

and June 27, (year) as

POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS DAY

throughout the state of (state) and I commend this observance to all our citizens.