Visible Honor for Invisible Wounds


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

Social Media


The state of Indiana has designated June 27, 2015 as Post-traumatic Stress Awareness Day

Introduced First Regular Session of the 119th General Assembly (2015)

House of Representatives of the State of Indiana


Urging that the diagnostic label of

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder be changed to Post-Traumatic Stress Injury

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;

Whereas, Post-traumatic stress can result from any number of stressors other than combat, such as rape, sexual assault, battery, torture, confinement, child abuse, car accidents, train wrecks, plane crashes, bombings, or natural disaster, and affects about 7.7 million Americans;

Whereas, Post-traumatic stress can occur at any age, including childhood;

Whereas, Post-traumatic stress is characterized by numerous symptoms, including flashbacks, avoidance, hyper vigilance, nightmares, re-experiencing, anxiety, cognitive deficits, irritability, insomnia, fatigue, and thoughts of suicide;

Whereas, Due to these complications, those suffering often develop emotional numbness, leading to alienation and loss of interest in activities that were enjoyable in the past to them and their loved ones;

Whereas, Post-traumatic stress has previously been viewed 2015HC 1045/DI 842 as a mental illness caused by a pre-existing flaw in the individual’s brain or character;

Whereas, Many still believe post-traumatic stress is a disorder which the injured is faced living with for the remainder of his or her life;

Whereas, In fact, post-traumatic stress is a very common injury to the brain that is treatable and repairable;

Whereas, The term “PTSD” carries a stigma of misconceptions that the injury is a disorder that is not repairable or treatable;

Whereas, Referring to this injury as a disorder perpetuates the stigma of and bias against mental illness;

Whereas, This stigma discourages those suffering from post-traumatic stress from seeking proper medical treatment;

Whereas, Service members, veterans, first responders, and victims of abuse, crime, and disaster, as well as members of their families, see that the negative associations of having a psychological disorder keep some individuals from seeking treatment;

Whereas, Making the condition less stigmatizing and more honorable can increase the percentage of those affected who voluntarily seek help; and

Whereas, Timely treatment can diminish suicide rates among all citizens, particularly our younger veterans:



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


That the Indiana General Assembly agrees with those individuals and organizations urging that the diagnostic label of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder be changed to Post-Traumatic Stress Injury.


That the members of the Indiana General Assembly 6 urge Governor Michael Pence to designate June 27, 2015, as “Indiana 2015HC 1045/DI 84



  • Honor for ALL’s mission is reduction of the needless loss of life from inadequate treatment and understanding of post-traumatic stress injuries


  • Engagement and education of the public on the realities of these injuries


  • Promotion of personal growth and resilience among the wounded


  • For the past five years we have been working closely with fist, the office of former Senator Conrad of North Dakota and now, Senator Heitkamp, his successor, to designate June 27 as National PTS Awareness Day and June as National PTS Awareness Month


  • For the past four years Honor for ALL has sponsored and administered national commemorations of these resolutions


  • National ceremonies were first held in Washington DC and are now held in New York City


  • Our ultimate goal is have resolutions adopted in every state and commemorations in every community


  • The personal involvement of every citizen is essential to keeping Post-traumatic Stress Injuries from becoming Disorders


Tom Mahany started a hunger fast in 2009 to draw attention to posttraumatic stress (PTSD). He fasted again in 2012 when he learned that the number of suicides among veterans had doubled from June to July.

Now Mahany heads up the veterans’ advocacy group Honor for ALL, which organizes an annual event, Visible Honor for Invisible Wounds, to raise awareness about posttraumatic stress.

This year’s event recognized the passing of legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp designating June 2014 as National Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month. JB Moore, NAMI Manager for Military and Veterans Policy and Support, represented NAMI at the event.

Though usually held in Washington, D.C., Visible Honor for Invisible Wounds took place in New York City on Saturday, June 28, 2014 and was co-hosted by the Mental Health Association of New York City. The scope of the program was expanded to include first responders and victims of abuse.

The keynote speaker Staff Sergeant Ty Carter, who has struggled with PTSD, was the 2013 recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. When awarding the Medal of Honor, President Obama described SSgt. Carter this way, “He’s as tough as they come. And if he can find the courage and the strength to not only seek help, but also to speak out about it, to take care of himself and to stay strong, then so can you.”

In addition to SSgt. Carter, officials included commissioners from the New York City police and fire departments, representatives from the Chiefs of Staff of the Army and Navy; the Wounded Warrior Project; Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA); Service Women’s Action Network.

“It is reprehensible that an estimated 22 veterans take their lives each day”, declared JB in her remarks.  “Posttraumatic stress is treatable. Let’s eradicate stigma!”

According to Mahany, “There was an unmistakable message from the event. Posttraumatic stress is an injury that needs to be accepted and honored as such. If we don’t attend to it, it will be allowed to progress into a disorder.”

Earlier this year, the Senate Armed Services Committee passed the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2014 – introduced by U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), as part of this year’s National Defense Authorization (NDAA) bill.  If passed, this legislation will: (1) Require annual mental health assessments for all service members-Active, Reserve, and Guard; (2) Establish a working group between the Department of Defense and Department of Health and Human Services; and (3) Require an interagency report to evaluate existing military mental health practices and provide recommendations for improvement.

According to Mary Giliberti, NAMI’s Executive Director, “The National Alliance on Mental Illness strongly supports the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2014 and applauds Senator Donnelly for his recognition that suicide rates among active duty service members, National Guardsmen and Reservists are unacceptably high and in dire need of attention.  This important piece of legislation advances NAMI’s goals of parity, accountability, collaboration and action.”

Honor for ALL is already at work organizing next year’s National Posttraumatic Stress Awareness activities. Events will be held in New York, Michigan, San Diego, and Indianapolis, all on Saturday June 27, 2015.

Tom Mahany believes the sure sign of true awareness about posttraumatic stress will be when Major League Baseball plays with purple bats for the month of June

The keynote address at this year’s Visible Honor for Invisible Wounds ceremonies will be delivered by Staff Sargent Ty Carter, recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor in 2013.

He will be joined at the podium by representatives from the offices of: the Chiefs of Staff of the Army and Navy; Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America; the Wounded Warrior Project; Service Women’s Action Network; the FDNY Commissioner and NYPD Commissioner; individuals from the national healthcare sector, and last, but certainly not least, individuals among us now dealing with the everyday consequences of post-traumatic stress.

Supporting Organizations


National Alliance on Mental Illness                              National Guard Association of the United States

One Mind for Research                                                   Code of Support Foundation

Brain Injury Association of America                              National Center for Victims of Crime

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors                  Comfort for America’s Uniformed Service           

Yellow Ribbon Fund                                                         United Children of Veterans

Operation Never Forgotten                                            Army Wife Network      




The Honorable Thomas E. White, BG (Ret), US Army, USMA 1967, former Secretary of the US Army 

LTC (Ret) Ronald Eric Ray, US Army, Medal of Honor Recipient, Vietnam Veteran

SSgt Jeremiah Workman, US Marine Corps, Recipient of the Navy Cross, OIF Veteran

General (Ret) Peter Chiarelli, US Army, Chief Executive Officer, One Mind for Research


LTG (Ret) Harry E. Soyster, US Army, Purple Heart Recipient

RADM (Ret) William W. Cobb Jr., US Navy, USNA 1968, VP General Dynamics,

RADM (Ret) Edward Masso, US Navy, Chairman of the Board, Not Alone

MG (Ret) Leo M Childs, US Army, former Chief of Signal

MG (Ret) Alan Salisbury, US Army, USMA 1958, Founder and Chairman, Code of Support Foundation

MG (Ret) O.B. Sewall, USA (Ret)

BG (Ret) Edward F. Rodriguez Jr., US Air Force

BG (Ret) James R. Ralph, Jr., US Army

BG (Ret) Clarke M Brintall, US Army, Wounded Warrior Mentor Program 


Gregg Keesling, contributor to Presidential policy on Letters of Condolence for victims of suicide within a war zone, father of suicide victim Spc. Chancellor Keesling, US Army

Kim Ruocco, MSW, Manager for Suicide Outreach and Education Programs, Tragedy Assistance Programs for Survivors (TAPS), wife of suicide victim Major John Ruocco, USMC

Jerry Yellin, WW II fighter pilot, USAAC, Founder and Co-Chair, Operation Warrior Wellness,


Dr. Frank Ochberg, former Associate Director of the National Institute of Mental Health

Dr. William P. Nash, former Navy psychiatrist, combat stress researcher and author

Kristina Kaufmann, Executive Director, Code of Support Foundation


Kenny Allred, Veterans and Military Council Chair, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Bonnie Carroll, Founder and President, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

Susan H. Connors, President/CEO, Brain Injury Association of America

Amy C. Colberg, Director of Government Affairs, Brain Injury Association of America

Maj (Ret) Rick Briggs, USAF, Veterans Program Manager, Brain Injury Association of Michigan

Mike Jones, former Captain, US Army, OIF Veteran, Executive Director, Not Alone


Paul Rieckhoff, Founder and Executive Director, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Mark Robbins, Executive Director, Yellow Ribbon Fund 

Pam Derrow, Executive Director, Comfort for America’s Uniformed Service (CAUSE)

Tara E. Crooks, Co-Founder, Army Wife Network, Author, 1001 Things to Love About Military Life

Dr. Christal Presley, Author and Founder of United Children of Veterans

Linda Kelly, President, John Kinzinger, VP, John Lockwood, WW Consultant, Operation Never Forgotten


James Gandolfini, Jon Alpert, Tom Richardson, and Matthew O’Neil, HBO’s Wartorn

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Musicians

Gwen Weiner, Director, EOS Foundation

Allan Horlick, Executive Producer, the Power Block, WUSA-TV

Mike Walter, Documentary Filmmaker, creator of Breaking News, Breaking Down

Deborah Louise Ortiz -Wife of NYS State Trooper suffering PTSD/ Producer Code 9.


Dr. Jeffrey Rosenberg, Michael Humphries, RN, and Eugene Pyatenko, Prizm Pain Management

Senior Vice-Commander Gilbert Grylls, VFW Post 2216, Staunton, VA

Anthony Asher, CEO, Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton, P.C

Mary and Patrick E. Lynch, Former President National Funeral Directors Association

Mai Fernandez, Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime


Michael J. Asher, Attorney, Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton, P.C

Vito A Pampalona, Yellow Ribbon Fund – National Chairman Ambassador Program

Janet and Dr. Ellsworth Levine, Former Captain, US Air Force

Judith Broder MD, Founder/Director, the Soldiers Project, 2011 Presidential Citizens Award Medal


R. Drew Fezzey, Music Producer and Filmmaker

Tucker Williamson, President, Right Brian Entertainment

Carrie Fox, President, C. Fox Communications

Catherine Wallace, Small Business Owner

Judy Weiner, Small Business Owner

Paul Loes, Small Business Owner


Steve Robinson, Retired Army Ranger

John F. Linehan, Jr., 101st Airborne, US Army, Vietnam Veteran

Thomas Phillips, US Navy, Desert Storm Veteran, Purple Heart recipient

Lennie A. Fine, USMC, Vietnam Veteran

Matthew Leaf, OEF/OIF Veteran

LTC (Ret) Ron Capps, Founder and Director, Veterans Writing Project

LTC (Ret) Edward R. Lynch, AROTC, 1983

LTC (Ret) Kathleen L. Lynch, AROTC, 1983


LTC (Ret) Thomas J. Lynch, USMA, 1982

1LT (Ret) John Harry Jorgenson, USMA 1967, former Counsel to Inspector General, Federal Reserve

Terry Atkinson, Former Captain US Army, USMA 1967, Vietnam Veteran

Thomas Beierschmitt, Former Captain US Army, USMA 1968, Vietnam Veteran

LTC (Ret) John M. Greathouse, USMA 1969, Vietnam Veteran, Director, Monticello Capital

LTC (Ret) James T. Fouché Jr, USMA 1969, Vietnam Veteran

Michael D. Healy, Former Captain US Army, USMA 1969

Pete Dencker, Former Major US Army, USMA 1969, Vietnam Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient

Robert W. Haines, former Major US Army, USMA 1969

LTC (Ret) F. Chris Sautter, USMA 1969, Vietnam Veteran

LTC (Ret) John R. Hamilton III, USMA 1969, Vietnam Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient