Supporters

National Guard Association of the United States

One Mind for Research

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Brain Injury Association of America

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

Comfort for America's Uniformed Service

Code of Support Foundation

Army Wife Network

Yellow Ribbon Fund

United Children of Veterans

Operation Never Forgotten

National Center for Victims of Crime

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Vista

70 % of all States and both Houses have issued official documents to drop the “D” word and curb the stigma attached to invisible wounds 

Alabama

SR10 2 181348-1 3 By Senators Dial and McClendon  RFD: Rules  First Read: 07-FEB-17
RECOGNIZING POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS IN ALABAMA.

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 ability; 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, 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 stigma of and bias against mental illness, and this stigma can discourage the injured from seeking proper and timely medical treatment; and

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; and

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

WHEREAS, all citizens suffering from PTSI deserve 21 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 BY THE SENATE OF THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA,

That June 27, 2017, is recognized as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day and that June 2017 is recognized as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month in the State of Alabama.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we respectfully encourage the Alabama Department of Public Health, the Alabama Military Department, and the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs to continue working to educate victims of abuse, crime, natural disaster, service members, veterans and their families, and the general public about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of post-traumatic stress injury; and request that the Secretary of the Alabama Senate transmit a copy of this resolution to the Governor of Alabama.

 

 Alaska

HOUSE BILL NO. 100  IN THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE – FIRST SESSION
BY REPRESENTATIVES TUCK, Kawasaki, Spohnholz, Gara, Parish, Josephson, Tarr, LeDoux, Grenn, Saddler  Introduced:  2/1/17 Referred:   Health and Social Services
A BILL  FOR AN ACT ENTITLED
“An Act establishing June 27 of each year as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness 1 Day.” 2
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 3
* Section 1. AS 44.12 is amended by adding a new section to read: 4 Sec. 44.12.150. Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day. Post-5 Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day is established on June 27 of each year to 6 promote awareness of the people suffering from post-traumatic stress injury and to 7 encourage people to reach out to their fellow citizens to provide support and eliminate 8 the stigma associated with this injury. Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day 9 may be observed by suitable observances and exercises by civic groups and the public.

 

Arkansas

https://governor.arkansas.gov/images/uploads/170601_2017_Post-Traumatic_Stress_Injury_Awareness_Month_and_Day.pdf

 

Arizona

POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS MONTH and June 27, 2016 as POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS DAY [M16-150]

WHEREAS, the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces and first responders – 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, combat operational stress has historically been viewed as a mental illness cause by 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, post-traumatic stress can occur not only after a traumatic event experienced in combat, but also rape, sexual assault, battery, torture, confinement, child abuse, car accidents, train wrecks, plane crashes, bombings, and/or natural disaster; 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 timely treatment without fear of retribution or shame helping to diminish suicide rates; and

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

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Douglas A. Ducey, Governor of the State of Arizona, do hereby proclaim

June 2016 as POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS MONTH and

June 27, 2016 as POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS DAY and

encourage our Department of Veterans’ Services, the Department of Health Services and The Adjutant General to continue 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. I

N WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Arizona Douglas A. Ducey GOVERNOR

 

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 discourage those suffering from post-traumatic stress from seeking proper 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    

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, 2017, as  

POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS DAY in the State of Colorado. GIVEN under my hand and the Executive Seal of the State of Colorado, this twenty-seventh day of June, 2017 

 

Delaware

SPONSOR:  Rep. Jaques on behalf of all Representatives & Sen. Ennis on behalf of all Senators
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 149th GENERAL ASSEMBLY      HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
PROCLAIMING THE MONTH OF JUNE AS “POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS MONTH” AND PROCLAIMING JUNE 27, 2017, AS “POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS DAY” IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.

WHEREAS, all citizens of the United States possess the basic human right to the preservation of personal dignity; 2 and 3 WHEREAS, all citizens of the United States deserve the investment of every possible resource to ensure their 4 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 6 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 or ability and the word “disorder” carries a stigma that perpetuates this misconception; 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, Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) 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; andWHEREAS, Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) is a very common injury to the brain that is treatable and repairable; 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 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 establishment of a Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day and Month in the State of Delaware will raise public awareness about issues related to PTSI.
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 the month of June is proclaimed as “Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month”.

BE IT FURTHER BRESOLVED that June 27, 2017, is proclaimed as “Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day”.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we respectfully urge our Departments of Public Health, Veterans Affairs, and the Delaware National Guard 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 PTSI.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be transmitted to the Governor of the State of Delaware.

 

Georgia

House Resolution 550 By: Representatives Hitchens of the 161st, Bonner of the 72nd, Tarvin of the 2nd, Rogers of the 10th, Corbett of the 174th, and others 

A RESOLUTION

Recognizing June 27, 2017, as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day and June, 2017,1 as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month and encouraging the Departments of2 Public Health, Military, and Veterans Affairs to continue working to educate citizens about3 post-traumatic stress injury; and for other purposes.

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

WHEREAS, combat stress has been viewed as a mental illness caused by a preexisting flaw of character or ability, and the term “Post-Traumatic Stress 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 collisions16 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 the stigma discourages those suffering from post-traumatic stress from seeking proper and timely medical treatment; 

WHEREAS, making the condition less stigmatized and more honorable can favorably influence those affected and encourage them to seek help without fear of retribution o 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 HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES that the members of this body recognize June 27, 2017, as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day and June, 2017, as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month and encourage the Departments of Public Health, Military, and Veterans Affairs to continue working to educate citizens about post-traumatic stress injury.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the House of Representatives is authorized and directed to make appropriate copies of this resolution available for distribution to the36 public and the press.

 

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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Passed March 9, 2017

    HOUSE RESOLUTION
    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, risk their lives to protect our
    freedoms; and
    WHEREAS, 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 or
    ability; 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, 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 and
  bias against mental illness; this stigma can discourage the
  injured from seeking proper and timely medical treatment; and
  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; and
  WHEREAS, Proper and timely treatment can diminish suicide
  rates; and
  WHEREAS, All citizens suffering from PTSI 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 HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE
  HUNDREDTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we
  declare June 27, 2017 as “Illinois Post-Traumatic Stress Injury

 

 
 
  Awareness Day”; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That we declare June of 2017 as “Illinois
  Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month”; and be it
  further
  RESOLVED, That we urge the Department of Public Health and
  the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to continue working to
  educate victims of abuse, crime, and natural disasters, and
  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 suitable copies of this resolution be
  delivered to the Governor, the Director of the Department of
  Public Health, and the Director of the Department 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, 2017 as  POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS DAY  

and the month of June 2017 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

 

Kentucky

OFFICIAL COPY 17 RS BR

A RESOLUTION designating June 27, 2017, as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day and designating June 2017 as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Month.

WHEREAS, all citizens of the United States possess the basic human right to the 4 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 or ability, and the word “disorder” carries a stigma that perpetuates this misconception; and 16 WHEREAS, post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) 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; 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 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 4 an enemy of the United States further deserve our tribute and acknowledgement;

NOW, THEREFORE, Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

Section 1. The House of Representatives is proud to honor the members and veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States by designating June 27, 2017, as Post Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day and by designating June 2017 as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month.

Section 2. The House of Representatives encourages the Department for Military Affairs, the Department for Public Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and other state agencies 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.

Section 3. The Clerk of the House of Representatives is hereby directed to transmit copies of this Resolution to Governor Matthew 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 40621; to Commissioner Norman E. Arflack, Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, 1111B Louisville Road, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601; and to Brigadier General Stephen Hogan, the Adjutant General, 100 Minuteman Parkway, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601.

 

Louisiana

2017 Regular Session

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 16

BY REPRESENTATIVE HOFFMANN

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

To recognize the month of June 2017 as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month.

WHEREAS, all people have a right to the preservation of their personal dignity; and

WHEREAS, all citizens of the United States deserve the investment of resources 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 this great nation risk their lives to protect our freedom; and

WHEREAS, the diagnosis known as post-traumatic stress disorder was first defined by the American Psychiatric Association in 1980 in order to commonly and more accurately understand and treat veterans who had endured severe traumatic combat stress; and

WHEREAS, combat stress has historically been viewed incorrectly 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, post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) can occur as a result of severely traumatic events including, without limitation, sexual assault, child abuse, high-impact collisions and crashes, natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and military combat; and

WHEREAS, PTSI is a 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, destigmatizing PTSI and honoring the bravery of persons recovering from this injury can favorably influence those affected and encourage them to seek help without fear of retribution or shame; and

WHEREAS, proper and timely treatment can improve health outcomes and diminish rates of suicide among people with PTSI; and

WHEREAS, all citizens suffering from PTSI deserve our compassion and consideration, and those who have received their wounds in action against an enemy of the United States further deserve our tribute and recognition.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of Louisiana does hereby recognize the month of June 2017 as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the legislature does hereby urge the Louisiana Department of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs to increase efforts to educate survivors of abuse, crime, and natural disaster; service members; veterans and their families; and the general public about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of post-traumatic stress injury.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution be transmitted to the governor of Louisiana, the secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, and the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

Maryland

Post-traumatic Stress Injury Day and Month signed by Governor Hogan June 1, 2017.  Contact for copy

 

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   

 June 27, 2017

 

Dear Friends:  

 

I am pleased to recognize June 27, 2017 as “Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) Awareness Day” in the state of Montana.   

 

PTSI is a common injury to the brain—repairable with proper and timely treatment. However, the stigma of PTSI is an immense barrier to seeking support. We must overcome this barrier and give every Montanan the opportunity to participate in this effort. 

 

The service men and women in our communities need to know how much their commitment and sacrifice means to their friends and neighbors. We must support agencies that are providing assistance to individuals and families in need, and further education efforts about the behaviors through which PTSI may be manifested.    By working with others to spread the message about PTSI, we can affect meaningful changes on the lives of families in our communities.  

 

I commend the efforts of Honor for ALL to bring awareness to this serious issue. Invisible wounds can be the hardest to heal and I encourage all Montanan’s to recognize June 27, 2017 as “Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) Awareness Day.” Let us take the first step towards aiding those suffering in silence.   

 

Sincerely,  

 

STEVE BULLOCK  Governor

 

 

New Hampshire

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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

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North Carolina

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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 14 thereafter, as “Posttraumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day” and the month of June 2017, and each June thereafter, as “Posttraumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month.

 

Ohio 

               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, 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, 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, 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 timely treatment help without fear of retribution or shame and diminish suicide rates.  

NOW, THEREFORE, We, John R. Kasich and Mary Taylor, Governor and Lieutenant Governor of the State of Ohio, do hereby recognize June 27, 2017 as Post-traumatic Stress Injury Day

 

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

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Pennsylvania

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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 Carolina 

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N  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

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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 June27, 2017, be recognized as 

Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day and 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

JOINT RESOLUTION DESIGNATING POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS DAY

2017 GENERAL SESSION STATE OF UTAH Enrolled Copy   S.J.R. 12

Chief Sponsor:  Peter C. Knudson House Sponsor:  Edward H. Redd 

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

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

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

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

WHEREAS, combat stress has historically been viewed as a mental illness caused by a pre-existing flaw of character and/or ability;

WHEREAS, the word “disorder” carries a stigma that perpetuates this misconception;

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

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

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

WHEREAS, making 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 PTSI deserve compassion and consideration, and those who have received these wounds in action against an enemy of the United States deserve tribute and acknowledgment:

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah

designates June 27, 2017, as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day in the state of Utah.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah urges the Department of Health and the Department of Veterans and Military Affairs to continue working to educate service members, veterans and their families, and victims of abuse, crime, and natural disaster, as well as the general public, about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of post-traumatic stress injury.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Utah 57     Department of Health and the Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs

 

Virginia

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Washington

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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

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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 1ST SESSION S. RES. ll

Designating the month of June 2017, as ‘‘National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month’’ and June 27, 2017, as ‘‘National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Day’’.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

Ms. HEITKAMP (for herself, Mr. HELLER, Mr. TESTER, Mr. TILLIS, Ms. BALDWIN, Mr. GRASSLEY, Mr. BROWN, Mr. SULLIVAN, Mr. MURPHY, Mr. KENNEDY, Ms. HIRONO, Mr. HOEVEN, Mr. LEAHY, Mr. ROBERTS, Mr. BLUMENTHAL, Mr. DAINES, Ms. STABENOW, Mr. CRAPO, Mr. HEINRICH, Ms. COLLINS, Mr. DONNELLY, Mr. DURBIN, Mr. NELSON, Mr. MARKEY, Mr. CASEY, Mr. PETERS, Mr. WARNER, Ms. HASSAN, Mr. COONS, Ms. CORTEZ MASTO, and Mr. BENNET) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on.

RESOLUTION Designating the month of June 2017, as ‘‘National Post- Traumatic Stress Awareness Month’’ and June 27, 2017, as ‘‘National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Day’’.

Whereas the brave men and women of 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 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 the Armed Forces 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 experiencing combat stress;

Whereas, when left untreated, exposure to traumatic combat stress can lead to post-traumatic stress, sometimes referred to as post-traumatic stress disorder (in this preamble 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 about 11-20 percent of veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom have PTSD in a given year, about 12 percent of Gulf War veterans have PTSD in a given year, and about 30 percent of Vietnam veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime;

Whereas many combat stress injuries remain unreported, undiagnosed, and untreated due to a lack of awareness about post-traumatic stress and the persistent stigma associated with mental health conditions; Whereas exposure to military trauma can lead to post-traumatic stress;

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

Whereas public perceptions of post-traumatic stress or other mental health conditions 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 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 the 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 assault, battery, torture, confinement, child abuse, car accidents, 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 commonly and more accurately understand and treat veterans who had endured severe traumatic combat stress;

Whereas combat stress had previously been viewed as a mental 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 treatment:

Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate—

(1) designates June 2017, as ‘‘National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month’’ and June 27, 3 2017, as ‘‘National Post-Traumatic Stress 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;

(3) welcomes the efforts of the National Center for PTSD of the Department of Veterans Affairs and local Vet Centers (as defined in section 1712A(h) of title 38, United States Code) to provide assistance to veterans who are suffering from the effects of post-traumatic stress;

(4) encourages commanders of the Armed Forces to support appropriate treatment of men and women of the Armed Forces who suffer from post-traumatic stress; and

(5) respectfully requests that the Secretary of the Senate transmit a copy of this resolution to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of Defense.

More than 30 centuries ago, long before even the written word Homer talked about combat stress in his epic poems on the Trojan War. 

During the Civil War soldiers were removed from the front and considered for disability and pensions for Soldiers Heart or “nostalgia”, but in reality combat stress during that time was considered a form of insanity.

By 1914, at the outbreak of World War I, combat stress and its civilian counterpart, “railway spine” had actually risen to the position of being considered physical ailments that deserved medical treatment. 

By the summer of 1916, the brutal trench warfare on the Western Front had produced an epidemic of shell shock among French and British troops, and “nervenshock” among Germans troops which was draining the treasuries and manpower pools on both sides. To address this crisis, Kaiser Wilhelm directed the German Association of Psychiatry to convene a special War Congress.

 After briefly discussing the evidence, these leading psychiatrists of their day settled the debate by declaring –“Persistent distress or functional impairment following exposure to a traumatic stressor could only occur in individuals already afflicted with the pre-existing personality weakness that they termed hysteria”.

Subsequently, the German government was relieved of its responsibility to pay disability pensions to veterans sufferingfrom combat stress, while commanders in the field were no longer obligated to evacuate stress casualties from the front.

The term “hysteria” was never intended to be a neutral label. It was chosen to be intentionally stigmatizing, especially when applied to male service members who understood it to be a feminizing term. 

The French and English and later the Americans also adopted the doctrine. The term shell shock was dropped and there was a drastic reduction in the evacuation of stress casualties along with the responsibilities of paying compensation fees.  

As a result of these new tenets the rates of wartime psychiatric evacuations during the 20th century fell to approximately 10% in WWII, 3.7% in the Korean War and barely 1.2% in Vietnam.