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Individual Bills, Resolutions and Proclamations 2017

http://www.honorforall.org/directors-brief/

POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY

A WOUND NOT A WEAKNES

             Honor for ALL is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to eliminating the stigma attached to post-traumatic stress, advancing its treatment, preserving the dignity of the injured, and above all, averting impulsive or dangerous behavior leading to suicide. Although we are a veterans organization, our concern is with all who suffer from the psychological and moral injuries now grouped together under the term Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 

PTSD is the diagnostic term precipitately crafted in 1980 by the APA to commonly describe severe traumatic combat stress in Vietnam veterans. Subsequent to the APA’s adaption of this terminology, it has now been shown, through intensive research involving electro-magnetic imaging, that post-traumatic stress can actually cause physical changes within the brain. These physical changes more accurately describe an injury than a disorder – a wound not a weakness.  

The use of the word “disorder” conveys a negative image which can by its nature discourage some from seeking care and others from caring. When used in reference to combat stress, its use assails the sense of honor due the brave men and women who have received these wounds in action against an enemy of the United States. At the civilian/community level, its use demeans the dignity of all and any affected to include first responders; victims of abuse and crime; survivors and witnesses of life-threatening accidents and natural disaster; and all the loved ones thereof.  

We do not wish in any way to cancel the APA’s existing distinction between common post-traumatic stress and the more disabling form of that condition. We do not support merely dropping the word “disorder” from the title. 

As defined in the DSM under PTSD Criteria, paragraph A, it is normal to have post-traumatic stress (PTS) after experiencing a traumatic event. When symptoms persist for over a month and satisfy criteria B, C, D, E, F and G of the DSM formulation, the definitive components now signify DSM assigned PTSD. 

A traumatized, yet uninjured, brain stays in appropriate alarm mode as needed, returning to normal within a month. An injured brain has been physically altered. Beyond common stress this condition is a persistent disability that needs rehabilitation. 

With your help, we can establish a truly national day of recognition, hasten the end of a long overdue indifference to a very old injustice, preserve families and save lives.

 

   PTSI RESOLUTION TEMPLATE 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  1. designate June 27 as (state) Post-traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day;
  2. designate June as (state) Post-traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month;
  3. respectfully urges our Departments of Public Health, Military and Veterans Affairs to continue working to educate victims of interpersonal violence, combat, life-threatening accidents and natural disasters, and their families, as well the general public, about the causes, symtoms, and treatment of post-traumatic stress injuries and
  4. respectfully requests the (Secretary/Clerk) of the (Senate/House/Assembly) transmit a copy of this resolution to the Governor.

PTSI PROCLAMATION TEMPLATE

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

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

WHEREAS, this stigma can discourage the injured from seeking proper and timely medical treatment; 

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

WHEREAS, honoring and destigmatizing this injury by referring to it as Post-traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) can favorably influence those affected and encourage them to seek timely treatment without fear of retribution or shame while reducing impulsive and dangerous behavior leading to accidental death and suicide, and 

WHEREAS, all citizens suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) retain the right to their dignity and deserve our consideration, those brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces who have received these wounds in action against an enemy of the United States further deserve our special tribute and acknowledgement: 

NOW, THEREFORE, as Governor of __________, I do hereby proclaim June, 2017 as  

POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS AWARENESS MONTH 

and June 27, 2017 as

 POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS DAY 

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