Honor for ALL has one specific objective – Visible Honor for Invisible Wounds
Service members who fight for our nation and return home struggling with the effects of an invisible wound should not have to be additionally burdened by a stigma which labels their battle-borne injury a disorder. No one wants to be told they have a disorder, least of all a proud young veteran. Their most instinctive reaction is to deny it. Denial interferes with treatment.
In February of 2015 Honor for ALL is began working with Adjutant Generals Association of the United States (AGAUS) and National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) on a campaign to enlist all state legislatures and governors to adopt individual yearly resolutions and proclamations designating June 27 as Post-traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day and June as Post-traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month. In 2015, the United States Senate, House of Representatives and 8 individual states presented proclamations and/or resolutions designating 27 June as Post-traumatic Stress Awareness Day – some still standing with the word disorder, but many making the progression to Post-traumatic Stress Injury Awareness.
It is not our intention to eliminate established clinical language only to offer a kinder, more honorable civic term. There is actually precedent for such allowance already in DSM-5 - Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia) 300.23. One diagnosis with two allowable names. No difference in criteria, eligibility or associated benefits.
By introducing the word “injury” in lieu of “disorder” in the designation, it is our intention to effectively diminish the stigma associated with invisible wounds and their perception as mental illness. We believe the use of the word disorder conveys a negative image which can discourage some from seeking care and others from caring. Its use in this instance also assails the sense of honor that should accompany any wound received by a service member in action against an enemy of the United States.
Our goal is to enlist all 50 states and Congress in this campaign to establish a recurrent Day of recognition that can be commemorated with meaningful local events nationwide.
With your help we can better ensure our service members and veterans embrace their invisible wounds in a timely, confident manner, ultimately saving lives and preserving families.