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39 States and both Houses of Congress have now called for the recognition of invisible wounds as an injury and eliminating the use of the word “disorder” from the diagnostic term

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Alabama

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY RECOGNIZING POST TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS
RECOGNIZING POST TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY A WARENESS

 

By Senator Dial

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

WHEREAS, combat stress injuries have historically been unjustly portrayed as a mental illness caused by a preexisting flaw of character or ability, and the word “disorder” carries a stigma that perpetuates this misconception which can discourage the injured from seeking proper and timely medical treatment; an

 

WHEREAS, referring to the complications from combat operational stress as a disorder perpetuates the stigma of and bias against mental illness; and

 

WHEREAS, than rather characterize the condition as a disorder, it has been shown through electro- magnetic imaging that the condition is more accurately described as an injury; and

 

WHEREAS, severe post—traumatic stress is a very common, and treatable, injury to the brain which can occur following exposure to extremely traumatic events such as, but not exclusive to: interpersonal violence, combat, life-threatening accidents, or natural disasters; and

 

WHEREAS, referring to the condition as post-traumatic stress injury (PTS I) is less stigmatizing and viewed as more honorable, and this designation can favorably influence those affected and encourage them to seek treatment without fear of retribution or shame; and

 

WHEREAS, all citizens suffering from PTSI deserve our compassion and consideration; those brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces who have received these wounds in action against an enemy  of the United States further deserve our special tribute and acknowledgement; and

 

WHEREAS, PTSI is an injury that is repairable and timely treatment can diminish complications and prevent suicides among the injured; now therefore,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF

 

CONCURRING, That we do hereby designate June 27 of each year as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day and June as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we respectfully urge our Department of Public Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs to continue working to educate victims of interpersonal violence, combat, life- threatening accidents, or natural disasters and their families, as well as the general public, about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of post-traumatic stress injury.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we direct that a copy of this resolution be transmitted to the Governor, the Department of Public Health, and the Department of Veterans Affairs as an expression of the sentiment of the Alabama Legislature.

. Act No. 2018-211.
 

 

 Alaska

HOUSE CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 152(MLV)

01 “An Act establishing September 11 of each year as Patriot Day; and establishing

02 June 27 of each year as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day.”

03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:

04    * Section 1. AS 44.12 is amended by adding new sections to article 2 to read:

05 Sec. 44.12.165. Patriot Day. Patriot Day is established on September 11 of

06 each year to commemorate the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11,

07 2001, and to honor the individuals who died or were injured in the attacks, the

08 courageous first responders and other individuals who gave their lives to save others

09 during the attacks, and the brave individuals who continue to serve and protect our

10 nation, including military personnel, first responders, and health care providers. The

11 governor shall direct that the Alaska flag be flown at half-mast on that day. Patriot

12 Day may be observed by suitable observances and exercises by civic groups and the

13       public.

14            Sec. 44.12.170. Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day. Post-

01 Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day is established on June 27 of each year to

02 promote awareness of persons suffering from post-traumatic stress injury and to

03 encourage Alaskans to reach out to those persons to provide support and eliminate the

04 stigma associated with post-traumatic stress injury. Post-Traumatic Stress Injury

05 Awareness Day may be observed by suitable observances and exercises by civic

 

Arkansas

 

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;

WHEREASi Post-traumatic stress injury occurs after a person has experienced a trauma and can result from the stress of combat, as well as from rape, sexual assault, battery, torture, confinement, child abuse, car accidents, train wrecks, plane crashes, bombings, or natural disaster; and

WHEREAS: Post-traumatic stress injury 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; and

WHEREAS: Referring to post-traumatic stress injury as a disorder perpetuates the stigma of and bias against mental illness, and the stigma can discourage those suffering with post-traumatic stress from seeking proper and timely medical treatment; and

WHEREAS: Making the condition less stigmatizing and more honorable can favorably influence those affected and encourage them to seek the help without fear of retribution or shame as well as diminish suicide rates; a

WHEREAS: All citizens suffering from post-traumatic stress injury deserve recognition, and those who have received these wounds in service to our nation further deserve our respect and special honor;

NOW, THEREFORE,  I, ASA HUTCHINSON,  Governor  of the State of Arkansas, by virtue of the authority  vested  in  me by the laws of  the State of Arkansas, do hereby   proclaim June 27 2018, as POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURYAWARENESS DAY

and June uol8, as POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS MONTH across the State, and I encourage our Veterans Affairs Agency, the Department of Public Health, and The Adjutant General to continue working to educate service members, veterans, the families of service members and veterans, victims of abuse, crime, and natural disaster, and the general public about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of post-traumatic stress injury.

 

 

Arizona

 

WHEREAS, the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces aad first respnn‹iers — whD proudly serve the United States and risk their lives to protect our freedom; deserve the investment of every ppssible resource etc eq›ure their lasting physical, mental, and emotioEgl well-being; and , gmt-tt8l4fHB(1C S(@ss h«5 bistofiMy been viewed ask a mental illness caused bya pre-misting flaw ln the Audi i ual s Trait or charaet ; end the tettn Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (RTSD) carries a stigma that perpetyates chic missoncepflo  ftoi     ant o        the stress of combat, but also rape, sé$uel assauJti battery, tertuze, tpnfinsfitent, chil.d abuse, car acciJbis, tra@wrecks„ plane craIIties, bombings, D( natural’ disaster, end            ‘ W4          RNAS( Mining to post-traumatic stress in) ry as a disorder perpeJfia@s the stigma of and bias against  ;y” pIita1 jllneW,  and. the “sltgrna  discourages  t,hose sli   e.. r.ing from post-traumati.c  stress  from  seeki,ng  proper  and                                                                                                                                                                        ‘ t@41y local treatment; attd H EA’S, king this condition tess stigma’tizing and mtire honorable can fevarably influence those affected and entourage tbetri to seék timely treatment without few o( retribution ter shame, thus helping to diminish I é rat‹;s• e.n.d BA8, all citizens spfferirtg jam   PTSI dmarve our recogalfion, while those who have received these injuries while in service to their nation further deserve our respect and special honor

Now therefore  I, Douglas A. Ducey, Governor of Arizona do hereby declare June 2018 as POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS MONTH and June 27, 2018, as Post-traumatic  STRESS INJURY AWARENE DAY ‘  and encourage our (ed rel and local agencies to continue working to educate 8ervice members, veterans, the .e.:r.:.of sp‘.rvke  members  and  veterans,  victi.ms  of abuse,  crime  and natural di.sas,.t.er,  and  th,e.  general  public   about the causes, iyinptoilis, and treatment of post-traumatic stress inJury.

 

 

Colorado

 

WHEREAS, the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces who proudly serve our nation 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; and  

 

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

 

WHEREAS, post-traumatic stress can occur after experiencing a severely traumatic event which includes sexual assault, child abuse, high-impact collisions and crashes, natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or military combat; and  

 

WHEREAS, referring to the complications from post-traumatic stress as a disorder perpetuates the stigma against mental illness and can dis

 

WHEREAS, the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces who proudly serve our Nation 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; and

 

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

 

 WHEREAS, post-traumatic stress can occur after experiencing a severely traumatic event which includes sexual assault, child abuse, high-impact collisions and crashes, natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or military combat; and

 

 WHEREAS, referring to the complications from post-traumatic stress as a disorder perpetuates the stigma against mental illness and can discourage those suffering from post-traumatic stress from seeking proper medical treatment; and

 

 WHEREAS, making the condition less stigmatizing can favorably influence those affected and encourage them to seek timely treatment without fear of retribution or shame; and

 

 WHEREAS, all persons suffering from post-traumatic stress injury should retain the right to dignity and deserve our consideration, and those who have received these wounds in defense of our Nation further deserve our tribute and acknowledgement;

 

 Therefore, I, John W. Hickenlooper, Governor of the State of Colorado, do hereby proclaim, June 27, 2018, as POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS DAY

 

 

 

  

 

Delaware

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

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

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 operational combat stress; and

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

WHEREAS, post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) can occur following exposure to extremely traumatic events such as, but not exclusive to: interpersonal violence, combat, life-threatening accidents or natural disasters; and

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

WHEREAS, referring to the complications from combat operational 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; and

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

WHEREAS, proper and timely treatment can diminish suicide rates among the injured; and

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

NOW, THEREFORE:

BE IT RESOLVED, by the House of Representatives of the 149th General Assembly of the State of Delaware, the Senate concurring therein that June 27, 2018 is “Delaware Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day” and June is “Delaware Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month.”

 

 

Georgia

The citizens of our state and nation live in freedom because of  the contributions  and personal  sacrifices  made  by the brave men and women who have served and are now serving in the Armed Forces; and

Geo rgia remains committed to providing our soldiers, marines, sailors, airmen, and coastguard s men with the resources needed to ens ure the ir phys ical, mental, and emotional health and well —being ; and

Hund reds of thousands of our servicemen and women have been clinically diagnosed with post—traumatic stress injury (PTSI). Nationwide, an estimated 7.7 million Americans are affected by PTSI; and

PTSI may develop after an individual has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as combat, physical assault, vehicle accidents, abuse, or naturaJ disasters, among others; and

Symptom s of PTSI may include flash backs accompanied by  a  rapid  heartbeat  or  excessive  sweating, hypervig ilance, nig htmares, anxiety, or su icidal thoug hts; a 

Althoug h historiCally viewed as a mental ill nes s caused by a pre—existing cond ition, PTSI is a common brain injury that is both treatable and re pairab Ie fo flowing a traumatic event; and

n addition, the term “post—traumatic stress disorder” reinforces the stigma previously associated with the injury and may therefore discourage those affected from seeking proper treatment; and

ncreased awareness of PTSI is necessary to dim inish the stigma associated with the injury and  provide  m ore effective treatment options, while also preventing further s uicides among affected individ uals; anThe Department of Defense, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, and the National Institute of Mental Health have made s ign ificant advances in the preve ntion, diagnos is, and treatment of PTSI and its symptom s. All individ uals affected by PTSI deserve recog nition, and those who received s uch wound s in service to our nation have earned our utmost respect and eternal gratitude; n. 

I, NATHAN DEAL, Governor of the State of G eorgia, do hereby proclaim  une 2018 as POST—TRAUMATIC STRESS INJ URY AWARENESS MONTH and June 2 7, 2018, as POST—TRAUMATIC STRESS INJ URY AWARENESS DAY in Georgi

 

 

Idaho

LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO Sixty-fourth Legislature First Regular Session – 2017

IN THE SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 110 BY JUDICIARY AND RULES COMMITTEE A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION1 STATING FINDINGS OF THE LEGISLATURE,

DECLARING JUNE AS POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS MONTH,

DECLARING JUNE 27 AS POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS DAY AND

URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND4 WELFARE AND THE DIVISION OF VETERANS SERVICES TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT5 POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY

Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

WHEREAS, the diagnosis known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)15 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; and WHEREAS, combat stress has historically been viewed as a mental illness19 caused by a preexisting flaw of character or ability, and the word “disorder” carries a stigma that perpetuates this misconception; and

 

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; and

 

WHEREAS, Post-Traumatic Stress Injury is a very common injury to the brain that is treatable and repairable; and

 

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; and

 

WHEREAS, making Post-Traumatic Stress Injury less stigmatized and more honorable can favorably influence those affected and encourage them to seek help without fear of retribution or shame; and

 

WHEREAS, proper and timely treatment can diminish suicide rates; and

 

WHEREAS, all citizens suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Injury deserve our compassion and consideration, and those who have received these wounds in action against an enemy of the United States further deserve our tribute and acknowledgment.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the First Regular Session of the Sixty-fourth Idaho Legislature, the Senate and the House of41 Representatives concurring therein, that June of each year be designated as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month and that June27 of each year be designated as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature respectfully urges the Department of Health and Welfare and the Division of Veterans Services to continue working to educate victims of abuse, crime and natural disasters, service members, veterans and their families, and the general public about the causes, symptoms and treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Injury.

 

 

Illinois

 

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HOUSE RESOLUTION

2     WHEREAS, All citizens of the United States possess the
3 basic human right to the preservation of personal dignity; and
4     WHEREAS, All citizens of the United States deserve the
5 investment of every possible resource to ensure their lasting
6 physical, mental, and emotional well-being; and
7     WHEREAS, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was first
8 defined by the American Psychiatric Association in 1980 to more
9 accurately understand and treat veterans who had endured severe
10 operational combat stress; and
11     WHEREAS, Combat stress injuries have historically been
12 unjustly portrayed as a mental illness caused by a preexisting
13 flaw of character or ability, and that the word “disorder”
14 carries a stigma that perpetuates this misconception which can
15 discourage the injured from seeking proper and timely medical
16 treatment; and
17     WHEREAS, Referring to the complications from combat
18 operational stress as a disorder perpetuates the stigma of and
19 bias against mental illness; and
20     WHEREAS, It has been shown though electro-magnetic imaging

 

 

 

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1 that the condition is more accurately described as an injury;
2 and
3     WHEREAS, Severe post-traumatic stress is a very common, and
4 treatable, injury to the brain which can occur following
5 exposure to extremely traumatic events such as, but not
6 exclusive to interpersonal violence, combat, life-threatening
7 accidents, or natural disasters; and
8     WHEREAS, Referring to the condition as post-traumatic
9 stress injury (PTSI) is less stigmatizing and viewed as more
10 honorable, and this designation can favorably influence those
11 affected and encourage them to seek treatment without fear of
12 retribution or shame; and
13     WHEREAS, All citizens suffering from post-traumatic stress
14 injury deserve our compassion and consideration, those brave
15 men and women of the United States Armed Forces who have
16 received these wounds in action against an enemy of the United
17 States further deserve our special tribute and
18 acknowledgement; and
19     WHEREAS, Post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) is an injury
20 that is repairable, and that timely treatment can diminish
21 complications and prevent suicides among the injured;
22 therefore, be it

 

 

 

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1     RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE
2 HUNDREDTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we
3 declare June 27, 2018 as “Illinois Post-Traumatic Stress Injury
4 Awareness Day”; and be it further
5     RESOLVED, That we declare June of 2018 as “Illinois
6 Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month”; and be it
7 further
8     RESOLVED, That we urge the Department of Public Health and
9 the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to continue working to
10 educate victims of abuse, crime, and natural disasters, and
11 service members, veterans and their families, and the general
12 public, about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of
13 post-traumatic stress injury; and be it further
14     RESOLVED, That suitable copies of this resolution be
15 delivered to the Governor, the Director of Public Health, and
16 the Director of Veterans’ Affairs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indiana 

Introduced by:  Macer

A HOUSE RESOLUTION recognizing Posttraumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day and Posttraumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month. 

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 8 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 posttraumatic 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 6 ability, and the word “disorder” carries a stigma that perpetuates this misconception;  

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

Whereas, Posttraumatic stress disorder is a very common 14 injury to the brain that is treatable and repairable;  

Whereas, Referring to the complications from posttraumatic 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 posttraumatic 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 posttraumatic stress disorder 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 acknowledgment: 

Therefore, Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the General Assembly of the State of Indiana: 

SECTION 1. That the Indiana House of Representatives encourages all Hoosiers to recognize June 27 as Posttraumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day and June as Posttraumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month. The Indiana House of Representatives urges the Indiana Department of Public Health and the Indiana Department of 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 posttraumatic stress injury. 

SECTION 2. That the Principal Clerk of the House of Representatives transmit a copy of this resolution to Governor Eric Holcomb.

 

Iowa

P R O C L A M A T I O N

WHEREAS,  the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces proudly serve the United States and risk their lives to protect our freedom and they deserve our caring and attention to their physical, mental, and emotional well-being; and 

WHEREAS,  more than 2,500,000 United States’ service members have deployed as part of overseas contingency operations since the events of September 11, 2001; many of our veterans return home with new challenges to fight and struggle with in their own silence;

WHEREAS,  hundreds of thousands of our service members have been clinically diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – a condition affecting an estimated 7.7 million Americans; and

WHEREAS,  Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) occurs after a person has experienced a trauma; and can result from the stress of combat, as well as rape, sexual assault, battery, torture, confinement, child abuse, car accidents, train wrecks, plane crashes, bombings, or natural disaster and is characterized by numerous symptoms; including flashbacks, avoidance, hyper vigilance, nightmares, re-experiencing, anxiety, cognitive deficits, irritability, insomnia, fatigue, and thoughts of suicide; and 

WHEREAS,  while post-traumatic stress has historically been viewed as a mental illness caused by a pre-existing flaw in the individual’s brain or character; it has been learned that post-traumatic stress is a very common injury to the brain that is treatable and repairable; and   

WHEREAS, efforts should continue to make the condition less stigmatizing and more honorable in order to increase the number of those affected to voluntarily seek help and assistance; and   

WHEREAS,  the Department of Defense, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, and the National Institute of Mental Health have made significant advances in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSI and the symptoms of PTSI; all citizens suffering from post-traumatic stress injury deserve recognition, and those who have received these wounds while serving to defend our freedom deserve our respect and special honor: 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kim Reynolds, Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby proclaim June 27, 2018 as  POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS DAY  

and the month of June 2018 as  POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS MONTH  

and encourage continued efforts to educate our service members, veterans, and families, as well as victims of abuse, crime and natural disaster, and the general public about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of post-traumatic stress injury. 

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I HAVE HERE­UNTO SUBSCRIBED MY NAME AND CAUSED THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF IOWA TO BE AFFIXED.  DONE AT DES MOINES THIS _____ DAY OF JUNE IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD TWO THOUSAND SEVENTEEN.        

 KIM REYNOLDS,   GOVERNOR OF IOWA

 

Kansas

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 possibJe resource to ensure their lasting physical, mental, and emotional well-being; and 

WHEREAS, post-traumatic stress injury occurs after a person has experienced a trauma; and can result from not only the stress of combat, but also rape, sexual assault, battery, torture, confinement, child abuse, car accidents, train wrecks, plane crashes, bombings, or natural disaster; and 

WHEREAS, post-traumatic stress has historically been viewed as a mental illness caused by a pre- existing flaw in the individual’s brain or character; and the term “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)” carries a stigma that perpetuates this misconception; and 

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

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

 WHEREAS, proper and timely treatment that can diminish suicide rates; and 

WHEREAS, all citizens suffering from post-traumatic stress injury deserve recognition, while those who have received these wounds in service to our nation further deserve our respect and special honor. 

NOW, THEREFORE, 1, Jeff Colyer, M.D. GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF KANSAS, do hereby proclaim

June 27″, 2018 as POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS DAY and June 2018, as POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS MONTH and

encourage our Veterans Affairs Agency, the Department of Public Health and The Adjutant General to continue working to educate service members, veterans, the families of service members and veterans, victims of abuse, crime and natural disaster, and the general public about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of post-traumatic stress injury.

 

 

 

Kentucky

Bevin, 700 Capitol Avenue, Suite 100, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601; to Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson, Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Office of the Secretary, 275 E. Main Street, Frankfort, Kentucky 40

A RESOLUTION designating June 27, 2018, as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury 1

Awareness Day and designating June 2018 as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Month. 2

WHEREAS, all citizens of the United States possess the basic human right to 

preservation of personal dignity; and 4

WHEREAS, all citizens of the United States deserve the investment of every 5possible resource to ensure their lasting physical, mental, and emotional well-being; and 6

WHEREAS, the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces who 7

proudly serve the United States risk their lives to protect our freedom; an 

WHEREAS, the diagnosis now known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 9

was first defined by the American Psychiatric Association in 1980 to commonly and more 10

accurately understand and treat veterans who had endured severe traumatic combat stress; 

and 12

WHEREAS, combat stress has historically been viewed as a mental illness caused 13

by a pre-existing flaw of character or ability, and the word “disorder” carries a stigma that 14

perpetuates this misconception; and 

WHEREAS, post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) can occur after experiencing a 16

severely traumatic event to include but not be exclusive to: sexual assault, child abuse, 17

high-impact collisions and crashes, natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and military 18

combat; and 19

WHEREAS, post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) is a very common injury to the 20

brain that is treatable and repairable; and 21

WHEREAS, referring to the complications from post-traumatic stress as a 22

“disorder” perpetuates the stigma of and bias against mental illness, and this stigma can 23

scourage the injured from seeking proper and timely medical treatment; and 24

WHEREAS, making post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) less stigmatizing and more 25

honorable can favorably influence those affected and encourage them to seek help 26

without fear of retribution or shame; and  27 

 WHEREAS, proper and timely treatment can diminish suicide rates; and 1

WHEREAS, all citizens suffering from post-traumatic stress injury deserve our 2

compassion and consideration, and those who have received these wounds in action 3

against an enemy of the United States further deserve our tribute and acknowledgement 

NOW, THEREFORE, 5

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the General Assembly of the 6Commonwealth of Kentucky 

Section 1.   The House of Representatives is proud to honor the members and 8

veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States by designating June 27, 2018, as Post-9

Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day and by designating June 2018 as Post-Traumatic 10

Stress Injury Awareness Month.

Section 2.   The House of Representatives encourages the Department of Military 12

Affairs, the Department for Public Health, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and other 13

state agencies to continue working to educate service members, veterans, the families of 14

service members and veterans, victims of abuse, crime, and natural disaster, and the

general public about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of post-traumatic stress injury. 16

 

Louisiana

HLS 18RS-207 ORIGINAL

2018 Regular Session

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 9

BY REPRESENTATIVE HOFFMANN

SPECIAL DAY/WEEK/MONTH:  Designates June 2018 as Post-traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month and Wednesday, June 27, 2018, as Post-traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day in Louisiana

1 A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 2 To recognize June 2018 as Post-traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month and to recognize 3 Wednesday, June 27, 2018, as Post-traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day in 4 Louisiana. 5 WHEREAS, all people have a right to the preservation of their personal dignity; and 6 WHEREAS, all citizens of the United States deserve the investment of resources to 7 ensure their lasting physical, mental, and emotional well-being; and 8 WHEREAS, the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces who 9 proudly serve this great nation risk their lives to protect our freedom; and 10 WHEREAS, the diagnosis known as post-traumatic stress disorder was first defined 11 by the American Psychiatric Association in 1980 in order to more accurately understand and 12 treat veterans who had endured severe, traumatic combat stress; and 13 WHEREAS, combat stress has historically been viewed incorrectly as a mental 14 illness caused by a pre-existing flaw of character or ability, and the word disorder carries a 15 stigma that perpetuates this misconception; and 16 WHEREAS, post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) can occur as a result of severely 17 traumatic events including, without limitation, sexual assault, child abuse, high-impact 18 collisions and crashes, natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and military combat; and 19 WHEREAS, PTSI is a common injury to the brain that is treatable and repairable; 20 and

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HLS 18RS-207 ORIGINAL HCR NO. 9 1 WHEREAS, referring to the complications from post-traumatic stress as a disorder 2 perpetuates the stigma of and bias against mental illness, and this stigma can discourage the 3 injured from seeking proper and timely medical treatment; and 4 WHEREAS, destigmatizing PTSI and honoring the bravery of persons recovering 5 from this injury can favorably influence those affected and encourage them to seek help 6 without fear of retribution or shame; and 7 WHEREAS, proper and timely treatment can improve health outcomes and diminish 8 rates of suicide among people with PTSI; and 9 WHEREAS, all citizens suffering from PTSI deserve our compassion and 10 consideration, and those who have received their wounds in action against an enemy of the 11 United States further deserve our tribute and recognition. 12 THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of Louisiana does hereby 13 recognize the month of June 2018 as Post-traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month and 14 does hereby recognize June 27, 2018, as Post-traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day in 15 Louisiana; 16 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the legislature does hereby urge the Louisiana 17 Department of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs to increase efforts to educate 18 survivors of abuse, crime, and natural disaster; service members; veterans and their families; 19 and the general public about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of post-traumatic stress 20 injury. 21 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution be transmitted to the 22 governor of Louisiana, the secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, and the 23 secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

 

 

Maryland

Post-traumatic Stress Injury Day and Month signed by Governor Hogan June 1, 2018.  Contact HFA for PDF copy

 

 

Massachusetts

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, post-traumatic stress injury occurs after a person has experienced a trauma; and can result from not only the stress of combat, but also rape, sexual assault, battery, torture, confinement, child abuse, car accidents, train wrecks, plane crashes, bombings, or natural disaster.

 

WHEREAS, post-traumatic stress has historically been viewed as a mental illness caused by a pre-existing flaw in the individual’s brain or character; and the term “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)” carries a stigma that perpetuates this misconception;

 

WHEREAS, referring to post-traumatic stress injury as a disorder perpetuates the stigma of and bias against mental illness and the 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 the help without fear of retribution or shame.

 

WHEREAS proper and timely treatment that can diminish suicide rates and

 

WHEREAS, all citizens suffering from post-traumatic stress injury deserve recognition, while those who have received these wounds in service to our nation further deserve our respect and special honor:

 

Now therefore CharlesD Baker do hereby proclaim June 27, 2018 to

 

P O S T – T R A U M A T I C   S T R E S S   I N J U R Y                                        A W A R E N E S S                                                  D A Y

 

 

Michigan

     Reps. Barrett, Miller, Wentworth, Sabo, Leutheuser, Graves, Albert, Glenn, Bellino, Tedder, Howell, VanderWall, Vaupel, Farrington, LaFave, Frederick, Hoitenga, Hornberger, Alexander, Bizon, Chirkun, Cochran, Crawford, Ellison, Faris, Gay-Dagnogo, Geiss, Greig, Howrylak, Hughes, Jones, Kahle, Kelly, Kesto, Liberati, Moss, Rabhi, Rendon, Schor, Singh, Sneller, Sowerby, Wittenberg and Yanez offered the following resolution:

            House Resolution No. 122. 

 A resolution to declare June 27, 2017, as Post Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day in the state of Michigan.  

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

Whereas, More than 2,000,000 United States service members have deployed as part of overseas contingency operations since the events of September 11, 2001; and        

Whereas, The military has sustained an operational tempo for a period of time unprecedented in the history of the United States, with many service members deploying multiple times to combat zones, placing them at high risk of post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI); and             

Whereas, It is expected that 10,000 veterans will return to the state of Michigan every year for the next three to five years after spending a significant amount of time in combat environments, exposing thousands of soldiers to traumatic life threatening events; and     

Whereas, The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that in fiscal year 2012, more than 500,000 veterans from all wars who sought care at a Department of Veterans Affairs medical center received treatment for PTSI; and 

Whereas, PTSI significantly increases the risk of depression, suicide, and drug and alcohol related disorders and deaths; and 

Whereas, The Department of Defense and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs have made significant advances in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSI and its symptoms. However, many challenges remain; and  

Whereas, The establishment of a Michigan Post Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day will raise public awareness about issues related to PTSI;

now, therefore, be it  Resolved by the House of Representatives,

That the members of this legislative body declare June 27, 2017, as Post Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day in the state of Michigan. We urge the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and the Adjutant General to continue working to educate service members, veterans, the families of service members and veterans, and the public about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of post-traumatic stress injury;

and be it further Resolved, That a copy of this resolution be transmitted to the Governor of the State of Michigan.

 

Missouri

AN ACT

HOUSE BILL NO. 915 / 99TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE RUTH.

1898H.01I                    D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk

To amend chapter 9, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to posttraumatic stress injury day in Missouri.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:

Section A.  Chapter 9, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be 2 known as section 9.270, to read as follows:

9.270. June twenty-seventh of each year shall be known and designated as “Posttraumatic Stress Injury Day”.  

It is recommended to the people of the state that the day be appropriately observed through activities which will increase awareness of posttraumatic stress injury.

 

Montana

 OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR STATE OF MONTANA     Steve Bullock      LT. GOVERNOR          Mike Cooney   

 Dear Friends:

I am pleased  to recognize .lune 27, 2018 as’   Post- Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSII) Awareness Day” in the state of‘ Montana.

PTSl is a brain in jury’ tieat dCVCLOSS ‹I tier ‹i person has experienced or witnessed a ti‘aumatic event. Vetei ans. first responders. and Stllvivors ot violence commonl y sutfer i’‘oin the effects ot PTSI. and symptoms include persistent flashbacks, nightmares. and anxiety. \7hile PTSI can be treated if addressed in a pro}aei and tinsel y manner, the stigma surrounding PTSl prevents many people front i eaching out I or the care they need and deserve.

We must do everytli ing we can to elii ninate this stigma so M ontanans who arc afflicted by P fS 1 feel coiii1oi‘table seeking c‹irc and rec’:iving support. PTSI affects all corners at’ our state, and we must do everything we can to develop programs and tieatment options for our friends and neighbors who are aI Iected. As a state and a nation, we can never forget the sacrifices out‘ veterans and their fair il ies made to protect otii rights and livelihood. We must work together to make sane veterans. first responder‘s, and all who are affected by PTSI know bow much their coniiiiunities cure for them. S v‘eadiiiy nvv ni eiiess ‹and educating others about the symptoms of PTS1 are impoi’tant steps we can take to help the thousands of Montanans liviiig with PTSI.

I appreciate the work Honor for ALL has done to raise awareness about this serious issue, and I encourage all Montanans to recognize .Iune 27, 201 8 as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTS I) Awareness Day.” Let us take the first step towards ailing those sutfering in silence.

Sincerely,  

STEVE BULLOCK  Governor

 

 

 

Nebraska

The brave mcii and womezi 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 resoizree to ensure their lasting physical, mental, and emotional wetl-being,• and 

Post-traumatic stress injury occurs after g person has experienced a tramzna; and 

Post-traumatic stress has historically been vieu’ed as a mental illness caused by o pre-exis0ng flaw in the individizal’$ brain or character,’ ond the term “Post- Trau matic Stress Disorder (PTSD) lorries a stigma that perpetuates this misconception ; ord 

Ae/erriitg to post-traizmatic s •ers izijlizy os e disorder perp‹miates the stigma of and bias against mental illness aitd the stigma discourages those sufferiztg from post- traizmatic stress from seeking proper and timety medical treatmenti aztd 

St aking the condition less srigmafifing and more honorobte can favorably influence those affected and encourage them to seek the help without fear af retribution or shame; and 

Proper and timely treaonent th•( nazi diminish suicide rates; and 

All citizens suffering from post-traumatic stress injury deserve recognition, while those who have received these waunds in service to our nation further deserve our respect and special honor.

 I, Dave Heineman, Governor of the State of Nebraska, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM the 27th day of June, 2018 as Post-traumatic stress Injury Awareness Day and the month of June as Post-traumatic stress Injury Awareness Month

inNebraska, and eneoizrage our Veterans Affairs Agency, the Department of  Public 7feaItB and the Adjutant General io continue working to educate service manbers,  veterans,  the families of se/•viae members  and veterans,  viciizfzs of abuse and natural dirasiez, and the genernf p ublic about the cottses, symptoms, ond treatment of port-oaumatie stress injury.

 

 

 

New Hampshire

SENATE BILL 507

 

AN ACT proclaiming June as post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) awareness month.

This bill establishes June 27 as post-traumatic stress injury awareness day and June as post-traumatic stress injury awareness month.

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen

AN ACT proclaiming June as post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) awareness month.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1  New Section; Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day and Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month.  Amend RSA 4 by inserting after section 13-v the following new section:

4:13-w  Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day and Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month.  The governor shall annually proclaim June 27 as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) Awareness Day and June as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) Awareness Month.  The governor shall urge cities and towns throughout the state to observe the dates in an appropriate manner in recognition of the citizens of this state affected by post-traumatic stress injuries (PTSI) and the need for continued public outreach and education regarding the causes, symptoms, and treatment of PTSI.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

 

 

New Jersey

AJR91 TUCKER, JOHNSON  

A JOINT RESOLUTION designating June 27 of each year as “Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day.”  

WHEREAS, Post-traumatic stress can occur after a person experiences trauma including, but not limited to the stress of combat, rape, sexual assault, child abuse, bombings, accidents and natural disasters, and affects over approximately 8,500,000 adults in the United States annually; and 

WHEREAS, Post-traumatic stress is associated with chemical changes in the body’s hormonal system and autonomic nervous system, and is characterized by symptoms including flashbacks, nightmares, insomnia, avoidance, hypervigilance, anxiety, and depression; and 

WHEREAS, The brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces, who proudly serve the nation 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; and  

WHEREAS, Combat-related post-traumatic stress among our men and women in the Armed Forces is significantly pronounced, given that they are often exposed to highly traumatic events for weeks, months, and even years; and 

WHEREAS, Between 10 and 30 percent of service members will develop post-traumatic stress within a year of leaving combat, while others may not develop symptoms until years later; and 

WHEREAS, Despite its treatability, many cases of post-traumatic stress remain undiagnosed and untreated due to a lack of awareness of this condition and the persistent stigma associated with mental health conditions; and 

WHEREAS, Historically, post-traumatic stress was viewed as a mental illness caused by a preexisting flaw of character, ability, or both, and the term “post-traumatic stress disorder” or “PTSD” carries a stigma that further perpetuates this misconception; and 

WHEREAS, Raising awareness of this condition is necessary to remove the stigma and to encourage those suffering to seek proper and timely treatment that may save their lives; and 

WHEREAS, All citizens suffering from post-traumatic stress injury deserve our consideration, and those who are affected by posttraumatic stress injury from wounds received while protecting our freedom, deserve our respect and special honor; now, therefore, 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:  June 27 of each year is designated as “Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day” in the State of New Jersey to bring awareness to those suffering from post-traumatic stress injury and to encourage people to reach out to their fellow citizens to provide support and remove the stigma associated with this injury.

The Governor is respectfully requested to annually issue a proclamation calling upon public officials and citizens of this State to observe “Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day” with appropriate activities and programs. 

 

 

 

New York

Assembly Resolution No. 1374 BY: M. of A. Rules (DenDekker)

LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to   proclaim   June   2018,   as  Post-Traumatic  Stress  Injury  Awareness Month, and June  27,  2018,  as  Post-Traumatic  Stress  Injury

Awareness Day in the State of New York

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; and

WHEREAS,  All  citizens  possess  the  basic  human  right  to   the preservation of personal dignity; and

WHEREAS,  The  diagnosis now known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was first defined to commonly and more accurately understand  and

treat veterans who had endured severe traumatic combat stress; and

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

that perpetuates this misconception; and

WHEREAS,  Post-traumatic  stress  can  occur  after  experiencing  a severely  traumatic  event  to  include  sexual  assault,  child  abuse, high-impact  collisions  and  crashes,  natural   disasters,   acts   of

terrorism, and military combat; and

WHEREAS,  Referring  to the complications from post-traumatic stress as a disorder perpetuates the stigma of and bias against mental illness, and the stigma discourages those suffering  from  post-traumatic  stress

from seeking proper and timely medical treatment; and

WHEREAS,  Making  the condition less stigmatizing and more honorable can favorably influence those affected and encourage them to  seek  help without fear of retribution or shame; and

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 this Legislative Body pause in its  deliberations  to memorialize   Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to  proclaim  June  2018,  as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness  Month  and  June  27,  2018,  as

Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day in the State of New York; and be it further

RESOLVED,  That  this Legislative Body pause further to respectfully urge the Department of Health, the  Department  of  Mental  Health,  the Division  of  Military  and  Naval Affairs and the Division of Veterans’

Affairs to continue to work to educate the victims of abuse,  crime  and natural disasters, service members, veterans and their families, and the general   public,   about   the   causes,  symptoms,  and  treatment  of

post-traumatic stress injury; and be it further

RESOLVED,  That  copies  of  this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be transmitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the  State  of New York, and Thomas Mahany, Executive Director, Honor for ALL.

 

 

 

 

North Carolina

ROY COOPER, GOVERNOR

POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS MONTH  POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS DAY 2018 BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA

 WHEREAS, the 120,000 active military personnel and more than 720,000 veterans of North Carolina deserve the investment of every possible resource to ensure their lasting physical, mental, and emotional well-being; and

WHEREAS, as many as 20 percent of all veterans of the United States Armed Forces experience some form of post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI); and

 WHEREAS, PTSI can occur after experiencing a severely traumatic event such as military combat, sexual assault, child abuse, high-impact collision, natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other forms of trauma; PTSI affects approximately 8 million adults in the United States annually; and

 WHEREAS, post-traumatic stress significantly increases the risk of anxiety, depression, suicide, homelessness, and drug- and alcohol-related disorders and deaths, especially if left untreated; and

 WHEREAS, many combat stress injuries and other forms of PTSI remain unreported, undiagnosed, and untreated due to a lack of awareness about post-traumatic stress and the persistent stigma associated with mental health conditions; and

 WHEREAS, throughout our nation, there is still much work to be done to destigmatize PTSI and other mental health conditions, and to encourage those suffering from PTSI to seek treatment; and

 WHEREAS, through increased awareness and understanding of PTSI, our state and nation can better support the health and wellness of those who have fought and sacrificed to protect our freedom; and

 WHEREAS, all people who have suffered the effects of PTSI deserve our universal respect and consideration, and have the right to seek treatment and support free from shame;

 NOW, THEREFORE, I, ROY COOPER, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim June, 2018, as “POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS MONTH” and

       June 27, 2018, as “POST-POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS DAY

 

 

 

North Dakota

Representatives Hogan, D. Johnson, Maragos, J. Nelson

Senators Bekkedahl, Mathern

 A concurrent resolution declaring June 27, 2017, and each June 27 thereafter, as 2 “Posttraumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day” and the month of June 2017, and each June 3 thereafter, as “Posttraumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month”.

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

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

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

WHEREAS, the diagnosis known as posttraumatic stress disorder 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; and

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

WHEREAS, posttraumatic stress injury can occur after experiencing a severely traumatic event, including sexual assault, child abuse, high-impact collisions and crashes, natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and military combat; and

WHEREAS, posttraumatic stress injury is a very common injury to the brain that is treatable and repairable; and

WHEREAS, the North Dakota Cares Coalition and state agencies, including the Department of Human Services, the State Department of Health, and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, continue to educate victims of abuse, crime, and natural disaster, and their families; service members; veterans, their families, and survivors; and the general public about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of posttraumatic stress injury; and

WHEREAS, referring to the complications from posttraumatic 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; and

WHEREAS, making posttraumatic stress injury less stigmatizing and more honorable can favorably influence those affected and encourage them to seek help without fear of retribution or shame; and

WHEREAS, proper and timely treatment can diminish suicide rates; and

WHEREAS, all citizens suffering from posttraumatic 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 acknowledgment;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF NORTH DAKOTA, THE SENATE CONCURRING THEREIN:

That the Sixty-fifth Legislative Assembly declares June 27, 2017, and each June 27  thereafter, as “Posttraumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day” and the month of June 2017, and each June thereafter, as “Posttraumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month.

 

 

 

Oklahoma

SENATE           RESOLUTION 13          By: Yen

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

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

WHEREAS, the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces proudly serve and risk their lives to protect our freedom; and

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

WHEREAS, post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) can occur after experiencing a severely traumatic event including, among others, sexual assault, child abuse, high-impact collisions and crashes, natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and military combat; and

WHEREAS, PTSI is a very common brain injury that is treatable and repairable; and

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

WHEREAS, proper and timely treatment can diminish suicide rates; and

WHEREAS, all citizens suffering from PTSI deserve our compassion and acknowledgement, including those who have suffered trauma while serving our country.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE 1ST SESSION OF THE 56TH OKLAHOMA LEGISLATURE:

THAT the Oklahoma Senate proclaims June 27th as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) Awareness Day in Oklahoma.

THAT the Oklahoma Senate designates June as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month in Oklahoma.

THAT the Oklahoma State Senate urges the state Departments of Health and Veterans Affairs to continue educating 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.

THAT a copy of this resolution be distributed to Governor Mary Fallin and Thomas Mahany, Executive Director of Honor for ALL

 

 

 

Oregon

Senate Bill 1548
Relating to health; and declaring an emergency.
Whereas all citizens of the United States possess the basic human right to the preservation of personal dignity; and
Whereas all citizens of the United States deserve the investment of every  possible  resource  to ensure their lasting physical, mental and emotional well-being; and
Whereas the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder was first classified by the American Psychiatric Association in 1980  to  commonly  and  more  accurately  understand  and  treat  veterans who had endured severe combat operational stress; and
Whereas combat operational stress has historically been unjustly portrayed as a mental  illness caused by a preexisting flaw of character or ability, and the term “disorder” carries a stigma that perpetuates this misconception; and
Whereas referring to the complications from combat operational stress as a  “disorder” perpet- uates the stigma of and bias against mental illness, and may discourage those affected from seeking proper and timely medical treatment; and
Whereas the term “injury” may be less stigmatizing; and
Whereas post-traumatic stress injury  can  occur  following  exposure  to  extremely  traumatic events including, but not limited to, interpersonal violence, combat, life-threatening accidents and  natural disasters; and
Whereas post-traumatic stress injury is a very common injury to the brain that is treatable and repairable; and
Whereas making post-traumatic stress injury less stigmatizing and more honorable can favorably influence  persons  who  are affected and encourage them to seek treatment without fear of retribution    or shame; and
Whereas proper and timely treatment  can  diminish  suicide  rates  among  the  injured;  and Whereas all citizens suffering from post-traumatic stress injury deserve our compassion and
consideration, and the brave members of the Armed Forces of the United States who have received    these wounds in action against enemies of the United States deserve our special tribute and acknowledgement; now, therefore,
Be It Enacted by the People of the State of Oregon: SECTION 1. (1) The Legislative Assembly designates:
(a) June 27 of each year as Oregon Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day; and
(b) The month of June as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month.
(2) The Legislative Assembly respectfully urges the Oregon Health Authority, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Oregon Military Department to continue working to educate victims of interpersonal violence, combat, life-threatening accidents and natural disasters and their families, as well as the general public, about the causes, symptoms and treatment of post-traumatic stress injury.
SECTION 2. This 2018 Act being necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency is declared to exist, and  this  2018  Act  takes  effect  on its passage. Passed by Senate February 12, 2018

 

 

 

Pennsylvania

Recognizing June 27, 2018, as “Post-Traumatic Stress InjuryAwareness Day” and the month of June 2018 as “Post-TraumaticStress Injury Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.

WHEREAS, The brave men and women of the United States ArmedForces, who proudly serve the United States and risk their livesto protect our freedom, deserve the investment of every possibleresource to ensure their lasting physical, mental and emotionalwell-being; and

WHEREAS, The challenges of serving in combat do not stop formany veterans when they return home, but a new challenge beginsthat many of our servicemen and servicewomen must fight everyday that causes them to struggle in silence; and

WHEREAS, The diagnosis now known as post-traumatic stressdisorder or PTSD was first defined to commonly and moreaccurately understand and treat veterans who had endured severetraumatic combat stress; and

WHEREAS, Post-traumatic stress has historically been viewedas a mental illness caused by a preexisting flaw in theindividual’s brain or character, and the term carries a stigmathat perpetuates this misconception; and

WHEREAS, Post-traumatic stress injury occurs after a personhas experienced a trauma and can result from not only the stressof combat but also rape, sexual assault, battery, torture,confinement or child abuse or a car accident, train wreck, planecrash, bombing or natural disaster; and

WHEREAS, Post-traumatic stress is a very common injury to thebrain that is treatable and repairable; and

WHEREAS, Referring to post-traumatic stress injury as adisorder perpetuates the stigma of and bias against mentalillness, and the stigma discourages those suffering from post-traumatic stress from seeking proper and timely medicaltreatment; and

WHEREAS, Making the condition less stigmatizing and morehonorable can favorably influence those affected and encouragethem to seek help without fear of retribution or shame; and

WHEREAS, Proper and timely treatment can diminish suiciderates; and

WHEREAS, All citizens suffering from post-traumatic stressinjury deserve recognition, while those who have received thesewounds in service to our nation further deserve our respect andspecial honor; therefore it be

RESOLVED, That the Senate recognize June 27, 2018, as “Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day” and the month of June2018 as “Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month” inPennsylvania; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the Senate commend the Adjutant General andthe Department of Military and Veterans Affairs for working toeducate service members, veterans, the families of servicemembers and veterans, victims of abuse, crime and naturaldisaster and the general public about the causes, symptoms and treatment of post-traumatic stress injury

 

 

 

Rhode Island

HOUSE RESOLUTION  DESIGNATING  JUNE 27 TO BE POST – TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS DAY IN RHODE ISLAND AND

THE MONTH OF JUNE TO BE POST – TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS MONTH IN RHODE ISLAND

Introduced By: Representatives McNamara, Vella-Wilkinson, McLaughlin, Azzinaro, and Abney

Date Introduced: February 09, 2017

Referred To: House Health, Education &  Welfare  

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

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

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; and

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; and

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 “disorder” carries a stigma that perpetuates this misconception; and

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

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

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; and

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; and

WHEREAS, Proper and timely treatment of post-traumatic stress injury 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; and 

WHEREAS, The Rhode Island Department of Health and Office of Veterans Affairs

must continue working to educate victims of abuse, crime and natural disasters, service members, veterans and their families, as well as the general public, about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of post-traumatic stress injury;

now, therefore be it; 

RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and

Providence Plantations hereby designates June 27 to be Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day in Rhode Island, and designates the Month of June to be Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to Gina M. Raimondo, Governor of the State of Rhode Island, Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, Director, Rhode Department of Health, and Kasim Yarn, Director, Rhode Island Office of Veterans Affairs.

 

 

 

South Dakota

Whereas. brave men and women of the United states who risk their lives to protect our freedom deserse the ins.stment ensuv. their lasting physical, mental. and emotional svell-being: and.

Whereas. Comtxnt operational stress has historically been vie”Gd as a mental illness caused by a preexisting of character andor ability: and the term Post-•lyaumatie Stress Disorder (P ISD) carries a stigma that perpetuates

Whereas. Post-traumatic stress can occur not only aner a traumatic event experienced in combat. but also sexual assault. battery. torture, continement, child abuse. car accidents, train wt•eks. plane crashes. bombings. and/or natural disaster. and.

Whereas. Referring to the complications post-traumatic stress as a disorder perpetuates the stigma of and bias against mental illness. and this stigma discourages thosx• sunering ti•om post-traumatic stress from seeking proper and timely medical treatment; and.

Whereas. Making the condition less stigmatizing and more honorable can favorably influence those affected and encourage them to seek timely treatment without fear of Retribution or shame and diminish suicide rates: and.

Whereas, All citizens sunering tivm Nst-traumatic stress injury des-enc our consideration. and those who have received these wounds in service to our nation further deserve our respect and 

Now. Therefore, I, Dennis Daugaard. Governor of the State of South Dakota. do hereby proclaim June 27.2018, as Post-traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day in South Dakota, and encourage our Department of Veterans Affairs. Department of Health. and Department of the Military to continue working to educate service members veterans, victims Of abuse. crime and natural disaster. and the general public about the causes, symptoms. and treatment of post-traumatic stress injury.

In witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be anixed the Great Seal of the state of South Dakota. in Pienx’. the Capital City. this Sixteenth Day of May in the Year ofOur Lord. Two Thousand and Eighteen.

Dennis Daugaard. Governor

 

 

 

South Carolina 

(A162, R167, H4816)

AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 53‑3‑205 SO AS TO DESIGNATE JUNE TWENTY‑SEVENTH OF EACH YEAR AS SOUTH CAROLINA POST‑TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY (PTSI) AWARENESS DAY 

Whereas, the brave men and women who proudly serve the United States Armed Forces by risking their lives to protect our nation and its ideals deserve the investment of all possible resources to their long‑term psychological, physical and emotional health; and

Whereas, the acronym PTSI refers to the term post‑traumatic stress injury; and

Whereas, post‑traumatic stress injury occurs after a person has experienced severe trauma and can result from the stress produced in combat, as well as in car accidents, plane crashes, bombings, child abuse or natural disaster; and

Whereas, post‑traumatic stress injuries can be characterized by numerous symptoms including: flashbacks, avoidance, hyper‑vigilance, depression, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, and thoughts of suicide; and

Whereas, more than two million American service men and women have been deployed by the United States Armed Forces since September 11, 2001; and

Whereas, many members of the United States Armed Forces deploy more than once, increasing the risk of developing post‑traumatic stress injuries; and

Whereas, the reference to the word “disorder” when describing a post‑traumatic stress injury may imply a negative connotation; and

Whereas, this negative connotation can discourage United States Armed Forces service men and women, as well as other citizens who experience post‑traumatic stress injuries from seeking and receiving aid; and

Whereas, the establishment of Post‑Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day would raise public awareness of the injury; and

Whereas, the establishment of Post‑Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day also would increase awareness of the need to develop effective treatments and aid the effort to eliminate any negative stigmas associated with post‑traumatic stress injuries.  Now, therefore,

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

PTSI Awareness Day designated

SECTION         1.         Chapter 3, Title 53 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

            “Section 53‑3‑205.        June twenty‑seventh of each year is designated as South Carolina Post‑Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) Awareness Day.”

SECTION         2.         This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

Ratified the 19th day of April, 2016.

Approved the 21st day of April, 2016.

 

 

 

Tennessee

A RESOLUTION relative to post-traumatic stress injury.

WHEREAS, all citizens of the United States possess the basic human right to preserve personal dignity; and
WHEREAS, all citizens of the United States deserve the investment of every possible resource to ensure their lasting physical, mental, and emotional well-being; and
WHEREAS, the diagnosis known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was first defined by the American Psychiatric Association in 1980 to more accurately understand and treat veterans who had endured severe operational combat stress; and
WHEREAS, historically, combat stress injuries have been unjustly portrayed as mental illness caused by a preexisting flaw of character or ability; further, the word “disorder” carries a stigma that perpetuates this misconception, and such stigma can discourage the injured from seeking proper and timely medical treatment; and
WHEREAS, referring to the complications from combat operational stress as a disorder perpetuates the stigma of and bias against mental illness; and
WHEREAS, electro-magnetic imaging has demonstrated that this condition is more accurately described as an injury; and
WHEREAS, severe post-traumatic stress is a very common, and treatable, injury to the brain that can occur following exposure to extremely traumatic events such as, but not exclusive to, interpersonal violence, combat, life-threatening accidents, and natural disasters; and
WHEREAS, referring to the condition as post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) is less stigmatizing and creates a more sympathetic perception among the general public, and this designation can favorably influence those affected and encourage them to seek treatment without fear of retribution or shame; and
WHEREAS, all citizens suffering from post-traumatic stress injury deserve our compassion and consideration; those brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces who received these injuries in action against an enemy of the United States further deserve our special tribute and acknowledgement; and
WHEREAS, post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) is an injury that is repairable, and timely treatment can diminish complications and prevent suicides among the injured; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE HUNDRED TENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE SENATE
CONCURRING, that this General Assembly designates June 27, 2018, as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day and June 2018 as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month
in Tennessee.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this General Assembly respectfully urges the Department of Health, the Department of Military, and the Department of Veterans Services to continue working to educate victims of interpersonal violence, combat, life-threatening accidents, and natural disasters and their families, as well as the general public, about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of post-traumatic stress injury.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this resolution be transmitted to the Commissioner of Health, the Adjutant General, and the Commissioner of Veterans Services.

 

 

Texas

H.R.ANo.A2647

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, The brave men and women of our nations armed forces regularly risk their lives in defense of our freedoms, and as a result, many suffer from the serious effects of post-traumatic stress; and

WHEREAS, In 1980, the American Psychiatric Association crafted the term “post-traumatic stress disorder” to diagnose the effects of traumatic stress suffered by combat veterans, first responders, and victims of crime, abuse, or natural disasters; and

WHEREAS, Unfortunately, the term PTSD may carry a negative connotation for some, discouraging them from seeking treatment due to the perception that the word “disorder” indicates weakness or mental illness in the individual who suffers from post-traumatic stress; and

WHEREAS, Research utilizing electromagnetic imaging has demonstrated that combat and other traumatic stress can cause

actual physical changes in the brain, leading to psychological symptoms and change in behavior; as a result, a movement has arisen that hopes to change the official diagnosis, in certain cases, from PTSD to “post-traumatic stress injury,” or PTSI; and

WHEREAS, A leader in these advocacy efforts is the veterans organization Honor for All, which is dedicated to eliminating the

Stigma attached to post-traumatic stress, to preserving the dignity of the injured, and to helping them avert impulsive or dangerous behavior which might lead to suicide; and

WHEREAS, Under the motto “Visible Honor for Invisible Wounds,” the organization is engaged in a national effort to introduce the term “injury” into the vernacular when discussing post-traumatic stress that arises as a result of changes in the

brain; this simple change can help encourage individuals to seek timely treatment without fear of retribution or shame; and

WHEREAS, The nations military veterans who have suffered the hidden wounds of post-traumatic stress injury while serving our nation are truly entitled to every possible resource to ensure their lasting physical, mental, and emotional well-being; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the month of June be recognized as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month in the State of Texas.

 Speaker of the House,  I certify that H.R. No. 2647 was adopted by the House on May 28, 2017

 

 

 

Utah

Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
25          WHEREAS, all citizens of the United States possess the basic human right to preserve
26     personal dignity;
27          WHEREAS, all citizens of the United States deserve the investment of every possible


28     resource to ensure their lasting physical, mental, and emotional well-being;
29          WHEREAS, the diagnosis now known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was
30     first defined by the American Psychiatric Association in 1980 to commonly and more
31     accurately understand and treat veterans who had endured severe operational combat stress;
32          WHEREAS, combat stress injury has historically been unjustly portrayed as a mental
33     illness Ĥ→ in military combat veterans ←Ĥ caused by a pre-existing flaw of character or ability;
34          WHEREAS, the word “disorder” carries a stigma that perpetuates this misconception;
35          WHEREAS, post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) may occur following exposure to
36     extremely traumatic events including interpersonal violence, combat, life-threatening accidents,
37     or natural disasters;
37a          Ĥ→ WHEREAS, public service dispatchers and first responders, by the nature of their
37b     professions, are also susceptible to post traumatic stress injury; ←Ĥ
38          WHEREAS, PTSI is a very common injury to the brain that is treatable and repairable;
39          WHEREAS, referring to the complications from combat operational stress as a disorder
40     perpetuates the stigma of, and bias against, mental illness;
41          WHEREAS, this stigma can discourage the injured from seeking proper and timely
42     medical treatment;
43          WHEREAS, making PTSI less stigmatizing and more honorable can favorably
44     influence those affected and encourage them to seek treatment without fear of retribution or
45     shame;
46          WHEREAS, proper and timely treatment can diminish suicide rates among the injured;
47          WHEREAS, all citizens suffering from PTSI deserve our compassion and
48     consideration; and
49          WHEREAS, those brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces who have
50     received these wounds in action against an enemy of the United States further deserve our
51     special tribute and acknowledgment:
52          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
53     designates June 27, 2018, as Utah Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day.
54          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah designates June
55     2018 as Utah Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month.

 

 

 

Vermont

State of Vermont House concurrent resolution HCR 371

designating Wednesday, June 27, 2018 as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day

Offered by: Representatives Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Dunn of Essex, Haas of Rochester, Houghton of Essex, Jickling of Randolph, McFaun of Barre Town, Mrowicki of Putney, Pajala of Londonderry, Pugh of South Burlington, Rosenquist of Georgia, Troiano of Stannard, and Wood of Waterbury

Whereas, in 1980, the American Psychiatric Association created the term Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to describe the severe combat stress that Vietnam veterans were experiencing, and

Whereas, since 1980, technological advances in electromagnetic imaging have documented that severe post-traumatic stress can cause physical changes within a person’s brain, and

Whereas, it is more accurate to describe these physical changes as an injury rather than a disorder or, in other words, as a wound and not a weakness, and

Whereas, the word “disorder” conveys a negative image that can discourage some individuals from seeking treatment and others from caring about those who are injured, and

Whereas, equally important, the use of the term “disorder” in relation to combat stress assails the sense of honor that should be associated with any member of the U.S. Armed Forces injured in combat, and

Whereas, beyond those injured in military combat, using the term is demeaning to first responders, abuse and crime victims, witnesses and survivors of life-threatening accidents and natural disasters, and their family members, and

Whereas, the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, distinguishes between common post-traumatic stress, resulting in a traumatized but uninjured brain, and the more debilitating and longer-lasting form of stress that does involve a brain injury, and

Whereas, an alternative description for the more debilitating form of post-traumatic stress is Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI), and

Whereas, the term PTSI preserves the medical distinction between the short and long-term types of post-traumatic stress while removing the unjustified stigma associated with the term disorder, and

Whereas, the Honor for ALL organization, with the support of the National Guard and mental health advocacy and veterans groups, is working to encourage a national awareness of the extreme importance of replacing the term PTSD with PTSI for describing post-traumatic stress resulting in a brain injury, and in 2017, 34 states and the U.S. House of Representatives acknowledged the importance of this effort, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives: That the General Assembly designates

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Honor for ALL organization in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Signed by

Mitzi Johnson, Speaker of the House

David Zuckerman, President of the Senate

 

 

 

Virginia

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 425  Offered March 3, 2016

Designating June 27, in 2016 and in each succeeding year, as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day in Virginia. Patron– Dudenhefer Unanimous consent to introduced

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

WHEREAS, post-traumatic stress injury occurs after a person has experienced a traumatic event and can result not only from the stress of combat, but also from rape, sexual assault, battery, torture, confinement, child abuse, car accidents, train wrecks, plane crashes, bombings, and natural disasters; and

WHEREAS, post-traumatic stress has historically been viewed as a mental illness caused by a preexisting flaw in an individual’s brain or character; the term post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly known as PTSD, carries a stigma that perpetuates this misconception; and

WHEREAS, the stigma created by referring to post-traumatic stress injury as a disorder or mental illness discourages those suffering from post-traumatic stress from seeking proper and timely medical treatment; and

WHEREAS, removing the stigma of post-traumatic stress can favorably influence the lives of those affected by the condition and encourage them to seek help without fear of retribution or shame; proper and timely treatment can decrease suicide rates related to post-traumatic stress; and

WHEREAS, all citizens suffering from post-traumatic stress injury deserve recognition and support, and those who have been wounded in service to the nation have earned special honor and respect; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly designate June 27, in 2016 and in each succeeding year, as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day in Virginia; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates transmit a copy of this resolution to Major General Timothy P. Williams, Adjutant General of Virginia, so that members of the Virginia National Guard and veterans in the Commonwealth may be apprised of the sense of the General Assembly of Virginia in this matter; and, be it

RESOLVED FINALLY, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates post the designation of this day on the General Assembly’s webs

 

 

Washington

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

 WHEREAS, combat operational stress has historically been viewcd as a mental illness and the term Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) carries a stigma that perpetuates this misconception; and

WHEREAS, post-traumatic stress can occur after experiencing a severely traumatic event, including sexual assault, child abuse, high-impact collisions and crashes, natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and military combat; and

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

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

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

 NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jay Inslee, Governor of the state of Washington, do hereby proclaim June 27, 2018, as Post-Traumntic Stress Injury Awareness Day and June, 2018,  as Post-traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month

 

 

 

West Virginia

SENATE RESOLUTION 16

(By Senators Takubo, Plymale, Stollings, Prezioso, Boso, Cline and Maroney)

[Introduced February 20, 2017] 

Designating June as West Virginia Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month and June 27 as West Virginia Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day.

Whereas, All citizens of the United States possess the basic human right to the preservation of personal dignity; and

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

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; and

Whereas, The diagnosis now known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 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; and

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 “disorder” carries a stigma that perpetuates this misconception; and

Whereas, Post-Traumatic Stress Injury 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; and

Whereas, Post-Traumatic Stress Injury is a very common injury to the brain that is treatable and repairable; and

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; and

Whereas, Making Post-Traumatic Stress Injury less stigmatizing and more honorable can favorably influence those affected and encourage them to seek help without fear of retribution or shame; and

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: therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate:

That the Senate hereby designates June as West Virginia Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month and June 27 as West Virginia Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day; and, be it

Further Resolved, The Senate respectfully urges our Bureau for Public Health, Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety and the Department of Veterans’ Assistance 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 designate June as West Virginia Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Governor.

 

 

Wisconsin

Whereas; the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces proudly serve the United States and risk their lives to protect our freedom; and JIM; combat operational stress has historically been viewed as a mental illness caused by a pre-existing flaw of character and/or ability; and

 Whereas; a post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) can occur not only after a traumatic event experienced in combat, but also from rape, sexual assault, battery, torture, confinement, child abuse, car accidents, train wrecks, plane crashes, bombings, and/or natural disasters; and

 Whereas; referring to the complications from a PTSI as a disorder perpetuates the stigma of and bias against mental illness, and the stigma discourages those suffering from a PTSI from seeking proper medical treatment; and

 Whereas, making a PTSI less stigmatizing and more honorable can favorably influence those affected, encourage them to seek timely treatment and help without fear of retribution or shame, and could diminish suicide rates; and

 Whereas; all citizens suffering from a PTSI deserve our consideration, and those who have received these wounds in service to our nation further deserve our respect and recognition;

 Now therefore  I, Scott Walker, Governor of the State of Wisconsin, do hereby proclaim Wednesday, June 27, 2018 as POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS DAY throughout the State of Wisconsin and I commend this observance to all of our citizens.

 

 

 

US House of Representatives

115TH CONGRESS 1ST SESSION   H. RES.

Expressing support for designation of the month of June 2017 as ‘‘National Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month’’ and June 27, 2017, as ‘‘National Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day’’.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Mr. PETERS submitted the following resolution:

RESOLUTION

Expressing support for designation of the month of June 2017 as ‘‘National Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month’’ and June 27, 2017, as ‘‘National Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day’’.

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

Whereas more than 2,000,000 members of the Armed Forces have deployed overseas since the events of September 11, 2001, and have served in places such as Afghanistan and Iraq;

Whereas PTSI can result from any number of stressors other than combat, including rape, sexual assault, battery, torture, confinement, child abuse, car accidents, train wrecks, plane crashes, bombings, or natural disaster, and affects approximately 8,000,000 adults in the United States annually; and

Whereas the designation of a National Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month and a National Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Day will raise public awareness about issues related to PTSI, reduce the stigma associated with PTSI, and help ensure that those suffering from the invisible wounds of war receive proper treatment: the Armed Forces of the United States have sustained a historically high operational tempo since September 11, 2001, with many members of the Armed Forces deploying overseas multiple times, placing those members at high risk of post-traumatic stress injury/injuries (referred to in this preamble as ‘‘PTSI’’);

Whereas men and women of the Armed Forces and veterans who served before September 11, 2001, remain at risk for PTSI and other mental health injuries;

Whereas the Secretary of Veterans Affairs reports that—since October 2001, more than 390,000 of the approximately 1,160,000 veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn who have received health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs have been diagnosed with PTSI; in fiscal year 2014, more than 531,000 of the nearly 6,000,000 veterans who sought care at a medical facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs received treatment for PTSI; and of veterans who served in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn who are receiving health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 615,000 have received a diagnosis for at least 1 mental health injury;

Whereas many cases of PTSI remain unreported, undiagnosed, and untreated due to a lack of awareness about PTSI and the persistent stigma associated with mental health conditions;

Whereas exposure to military trauma can lead to PTSI;

Whereas PTSI significantly increases the risk of anxiety, depression, suicide, homelessness, and drug- and alcohol-related injuries and deaths, especially if left untreated;

Whereas public perceptions of PTSI or other mental health injuries create unique challenges for veterans seeking employment;

Whereas the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as the larger medical community, both private and public, have made significant advances in the identification, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSI and the symptoms of PTSI, but many challenges remain;

Whereas increased understanding of PTSI can help diminish the stigma attached to this mental health issue, and additional efforts are needed to find further ways to reduce this stigma—including an examination of how PTSI is discussed in the United States and a recognition that PTSI is a common injury that is treatable and repairable;

Whereas the diagnosis now known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 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 previously been viewed as a mental illness caused by a pre-existing flaw of character and/ or ability; and the word ‘‘disorder’’ carries a stigma that perpetuates this misconception;

Whereas making PTSI less stigmatizing and more honorable can favorably influence those affected and encourage them to seek help without fear of retribution or shame;

Whereas PTSI can result from any number of stressors other than combat, including rape, sexual assault, battery, torture, confinement, child abuse, car accidents, train wrecks, plane crashes, bombings, or natural disaster, and affects approximately 8,000,000 adults in the United States annually; and

Whereas the designation of a National Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month and a National Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Day will raise public awareness about issues related to PTSI, reduce the stigma associated with PTSI, and help ensure that those suffering from the invisible wounds of war receive proper treatment:

Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—  

(1) supports the designation of ‘‘National Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month’’ and ‘‘National Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day’’;

(2) supports the efforts of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of Defense, as well

as the entire medical community, to educate members of the Armed Forces, veterans, the families of

members of the Armed Forces and veterans, and the public about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of post-traumatic stress injury/injuries (PTSI);

(3) encourages commanders of the Armed Forces to support appropriate treatment of men and women of the Armed Forces who are diagnosed with PTSI; and

(4) respectfully requests that the Clerk of the House of Representatives transmit a copy of this resolution to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and 6 the Secretary of Defense.

 

 

US Senate

115TH CONGRESS
2D SESSION

S. RES. ll
Designating the month of June 2018 as ‘‘National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month’’ and June 27, 2018, as ‘‘National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Day’’.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
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RESOLUTION
Designating the month of June 2018 as ‘‘National Post- Traumatic Stress Awareness Month’’ and June 27, 2018, as ‘‘National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Day’’.
Whereas the brave men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States (in this preamble referred to as the ‘‘Armed Forces’’), who proudly serve the United States, risk their lives to protect the freedom of the people of the United States and deserve the investment of every pos- sible resource to ensure their lasting physical, mental, and emotional well-being;
Whereas more than 3,000,000 members of the Armed Forces have deployed overseas since the events of September 11, 2001, and have served in places such as Afghanistan and Iraq;

Whereas the current generation of military men and women has sustained a historically high rate of operational de- ployments, with many members of the Armed Forces serving overseas multiple times, placing those members at high risk of experiencing combat stress;
Whereas, when left untreated, exposure to traumatic combat stress can lead to post-traumatic stress, sometimes re- ferred to as post-traumatic stress disorder (in this pre- amble referred to as ‘‘PTSD’’) or post-traumatic stress injury;
Whereas men and women of the Armed Forces and veterans who served before September 11, 2001, remain at risk for post-traumatic stress;
Whereas the Secretary of Veterans Affairs reports that—
(1) about 11 to 20 percent of veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Free- dom have PTSD in a given year;
(2) about 12 percent of Gulf War veterans have PTSD in a given year; and
(3) about 30 percent of Vietnam veterans have had PTSD in their lifetimes;
Whereas many combat stress injuries remain unreported, undiagnosed, and untreated due to a lack of awareness about post-traumatic stress and the persistent stigma as- sociated with mental health conditions;
Whereas exposure to military trauma can lead to post-trau- matic stress;
Whereas post-traumatic stress significantly increases the risk of anxiety, depression, suicide, homelessness, and drug- and alcohol-related disorders and deaths, especially if left untreated;

Whereas public perceptions of post-traumatic stress or other mental health disorders create unique challenges for vet- erans seeking employment;
Whereas the Department of Defense, the Department of Vet- erans Affairs, and Veteran Service Organizations, as well as the larger medical community, both private and public, have made significant advances in the identification, pre- vention, diagnosis, and treatment of post-traumatic stress and the symptoms of post-traumatic stress, but many challenges remain;
Whereas increased understanding of post-traumatic stress can help eliminate the stigma attached to this mental health issue;
Whereas additional efforts are needed to find further ways to eliminate the stigma associated with post-traumatic stress, including—
(1) an examination of how post-traumatic stress is discussed in the United States; and
(2) a recognition that post-traumatic stress is a common injury that is treatable and repairable;
Whereas post-traumatic stress can result from any number of stressors other than combat, including rape, sexual as- sault, battery, torture, confinement, child abuse, car acci- dents, train wrecks, plane crashes, bombings, or natural disasters, and affects approximately 8,000,000 adults in the United States annually;
Whereas the diagnosis now known as PTSD was first defined by the American Psychiatric Association in 1980 to com- monly and more accurately understand and treat vet- erans who had endured severe traumatic combat stress;

Whereas combat stress had previously been viewed as a men- tal illness, and the word ‘‘disorder’’ carries a stigma that perpetuates this misconception; and
Whereas the designation of a National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month and a National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Day will raise public awareness about issues related to post-traumatic stress, reduce the associated stigma, and help ensure that those individuals suffering from the invisible wounds of war receive proper treat- ment: Now, therefore, be it
1 Resolved, That the Senate—
2 (1) designates June 2018 as ‘‘National Post-
3 Traumatic Stress Awareness Month’’ and June 27,
4 2018, as ‘‘National Post-Traumatic Stress Aware-
5 ness Day’’;
6 (2) supports the efforts of the Secretary of Vet-
7 erans Affairs and the Secretary of Defense, as well
8 as the entire medical community, to educate mem-
9 bers of the Armed Forces of the United States, vet-
10 erans, the families of members of the Armed Forces
11 of the United States and veterans, and the public
12 about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of post-
13 traumatic stress;
14 (3) supports efforts by the Secretary of Vet-
15 erans Affairs and the Secretary of Defense to foster
16 cultural change around the issue of post-traumatic

1 stress, understanding that personal interactions can
2 save lives and advance treatment;
3 (4) welcomes the efforts of the National Center
4 for PTSD of the Department of Veterans Affairs
5 and local Vet Centers (as defined in section
6 1712A(h) of title 38, United States Code) to provide
7 assistance to veterans who are suffering from the ef-
8 fects of this injury;
9 (5) encourages commanders of the Armed
10 Forces of the United States to support appropriate
11 treatment of men and women of the Armed Forces
12 of the United States who suffer from post-traumatic
13 stress; and
14 (6) respectfully requests that the Secretary of
15 the Senate transmit a copy of this resolution to the
16 Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of
17 Defense.