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

 

ALABAMA (Resolution / Perennial)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That we do hereby designate June 27 of each year as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day and June as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month.

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

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ALASKA (Legislative Act / Perennial)

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

Sec. 44.12.165. Patriot Day. Patriot Day is established on September 11 of  Each year to commemorate the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11,2001, and to honor the individuals who died or were injured in the attacks, the courageous first responders and other individuals who gave their lives to save others during the attacks, and the brave individuals who continue to serve and protect our nation, including military personnel, first responders, and health care providers. The governor shall direct that the Alaska flag be flown at half-mast on that day. Patriot Day may be observed by suitable observances and exercises by civic groups and the public.                                                                                                           

 Sec. 44.12.170. Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day. Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day is established on June 27 of each year to promote awareness of persons suffering from post-traumatic stress injury and to encourage Alaskans to reach out to those persons to provide support and eliminate the stigma associated with post-traumatic stress injury. Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day may be observed by suitable observances and exercises by civic groups and the public.       

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 HAWAII (Resolution / Perennial)

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

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

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

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

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

WHEREAS, it has been shown through electro-magnetic imaging that post-traumatic stress conditions are more accurately described as an injury rather than as a disorder; and

WHEREAS, severe post-traumatic stress is a very common and treatable injury to the brain, which can occur following extreme traumatic events including, but not limited to, interpersonal violence, combat, life-threatening accidents, or natural disasters; and

WHEREAS, referring to the condition as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury PTSI is less stigmatizing and viewed as more honorable, and this designation can favorably influence those affected and encourage them to seek treatment without fear of retribution or shame; and

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

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

WHEREAS, Michigan was the first state to pass a Concurrent Resolution recognizing PTSI Awareness Day in 2014 and since that time 39 other states, as well as the United States House of Representatives, have passed similar Concurrent Resolutions officially proclaiming support for PTSI Awareness;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Thirtieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2019, the House of Representatives concurring, that the twenty-seventh day of June of each year shall be designated as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the month of June of each year shall be designated as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month in Hawaii; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Health and the United States Department of Veteran Affairs are urged to continue working to educate victims of interpersonal violence, combat, life-threatening accidents, or natural disasters and their families, as well as the general public, about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of post-traumatic stress injury; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Governor for appropriate proclamation and execution and to the Secretary of State of the United States for

appropriate publication and preservation; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the United States Secretary of Veteran Affairs; Governor; Director of Health; Director of the State Office of Veterans Services; and the Executive Director of Honor For All, a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating the stigma attached to post-traumatic  stress, and to preserving the dignity of the injured while working to avert impulsive or dangerous behavior which might lead to suicide.

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IDAHO (Resolution / Perennial)

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.

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INDIANA (Resolution / Perennial)

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. 

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MISSOURI (Legislative Act / Perennial)

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.

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NEW HAMPSHIRE (Legislative Act / Perennial)

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

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen

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

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

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

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

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 NEW JERSEY (Resolution / Perennial)  

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

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NORTH DAKOTA (Resolution / Perennial)

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 thev 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 Sixty-fifth Legislative Assembly

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

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

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

WHEREAS, all citizens suffering from posttraumatic stress injury deserve our compassion and consideration, those who have received these wounds in action against an enemy of the United States further deserve our tribute and acknowledgment;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF NORTH DAKOTA, THE SENATE CONCURRING THEREIN: That the Sixty-fifth Legislative Assembly declares June 27, 2017, and each June 27 thereafter, as “Posttraumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day” and the month of June 2017, and each June thereafter, as “Posttraumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month”.

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 OKLAHOMA (Resolution / Perennial)

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

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OREGON (Legislative Act / Perennial)

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

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

Whereas the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder was first classified by the American Psychiatric Association in 1980 to commonly  and  more  accurately  understand  and  treat  veterans who had endured severe combat operational stress; and

Whereas combat operational stress has historically been unjustly portrayed as a mental illness caused by a preexisting flaw of character or ability, and the term “disorder” carries a stigma that perpetuates this misconception; and

Whereas referring to the complications from combat operational stress as a “disorder” perpetuates the stigma of and bias against mental illness, and may discourage those affected from seeking proper and timely medical treatment; and

Whereas the term “injury” may be less stigmatizing; and

Whereas post-traumatic stress injury can  occur  following  exposure  to  extremely  traumatic events including, but not limited to, interpersonal violence, combat, life-threatening accidents and  natural disasters; and

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

Whereas making post-traumatic stress injury less stigmatizing and more honorable can favorably influence  persons  who  are affected and encourage them to seek treatment without fear of retribution    or shame; and

Whereas proper and timely treatment can  diminish  suicide  rates  among  the  injured;  and Whereas all citizens suffering from post-traumatic stress injury deserve our compassion and consideration, and the brave members of the Armed Forces of the United States who have received    these wounds in action against enemies of the United States deserve our special tribute and acknowledgement; now, therefore,

Be It Enacted by the People of the State of Oregon:

SECTION 1.

(1) The Legislative Assembly designates: June 27 of each year as Oregon Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day; and the month of June as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month.

(2) The Legislative Assembly respectfully urges the Oregon Health Authority, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Oregon Military Department to continue working to educate victims of interpersonal violence, combat, life-threatening accidents and natural disasters and their families, as well as the general public, about the causes, symptoms and treatment of post-traumatic stress injury.

SECTION 2. This 2018 Act being necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency is declared to exist, and this 2018 Act takes effect on its passage.

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RHODE ISLAND (Resolution Perennial)

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

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 SOUTH CAROLINA (Legislative Act /Perennial)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PTSI Awareness Day designated

SECTION1.Chapter 3, Title 53 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

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

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

Approved the 21st day of April, 2016.

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TENNESSEE (Legislative Act) /Perennial)

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

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

WHEREAS, the diagnosis known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was initially formulated in 1980 by the American Psychiatric Association to more accurately assess and assist veterans who had endured severe combat stress in Vietnam; and

WHEREAS, combat stress is an invisible wound, which has historically been unjustly portrayed as a mental illness caused by a preexisting flaw of character or ability, and that the word “disorder” carries a stigma which perpetuates this misconception; and

WHEREAS, it has been shown through electromagnetic imaging that these invisible wounds can cause physical changes to the brain that more accurately describe an injury than a disorder; and

WHEREAS, referring to invisible wounds as a disorder can discourage the injured from seeking proper and timely medical treatment; and

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

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

WHEREAS, post-traumatic stress injury satisfying criteria A through H of the diagnosis for post-traumatic stress disorder in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual deserves disability compensation equal to that allowed for PTSD under the law; and

WHEREAS, all citizens suffering post-traumatic stress injuries deserve our compassion and consideration, those brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces who have received these wounds in operational action against an enemy of the United States further deserve our clear and obvious recognition; and

WHEREAS, timely and appropriate treatment of post-traumatic stress injury can diminish complications and avert suicides; now, therefore,

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE:

SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 15, Chapter 2, is amended by adding the following as a new section:

June 27 of each year is to be observed as “Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day”, to be proclaimed as such by the governor, to promote awareness of persons suffering from post-traumatic stress injury.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law, the public welfare requiring it.

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TEXAS (Resolution / Perennial for Month)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RESOLVED, that the month of June be recognized as 

Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month in the State of Texas.

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

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VIRGINIA (Resolution Perennial)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WASHINGTON (Resolution /Perennial)

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

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

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

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

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

WHEREAS, It has been shown through electromagnetic imaging that the condition is more accurately described as an injury; and

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

injury (PTSI) is less stigmatizing and viewed as more honorable, and this designation can favorably influence those affected and encourage them to seek treatment without fear of retribution or shame; and

WHEREAS, All citizens suffering from a post-traumatic stress injury deserve our compassion and consideration, and 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 acknowledgment; and

WHEREAS, post-traumatic stress injury is an injury that is repairable, and that timely treatment can diminish complications and prevent suicides among the injured;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Senate recognize the importance of educating victims of interpersonal violence, combat, life-threatening accidents, and natural disaster and their families, as well as the general public, about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of post-traumatic stress injuries.

I, Brad Hendrickson, Secretary of the Senate, do hereby certify that this is a true and correct copy of Senate Resolution 8625, adopted by the Senate 26 March 18, 2019

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WEST VIRGINIA (Resolution / Perennial)

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

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ARIZONA (Proclamation)

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

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

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

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

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

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Douglas A. Ducey, Governor of the State of Arizona, do hereby proclaim June 2019 as POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS MONTH and June 27, 2019, as POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS DAY and encourage our federal and local 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.

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ARKANSAS (Proclamation)

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 to be investment of every possible resource to ensure their lasting physical, mental, and emotional well-being; and

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

 WHEREAS: Post-traumatic stress injury has historically been viewed as a mental illness caused by a pre-existing flaw of character and/or ability, and the term post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) carries a stigma that perpetuates this misconception; and

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

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

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

 NOW, THEREFORE, I, ASA HUTCHINSON, Governor of the State of Arkansas, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the laws of the State of Arkansas, do hereby proclaim June 27th, 2019, as

POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWAREN’ESS DAYand June 2019, as POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS MONTH

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 COLORADO (Proclamation)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Therefore, I, Jared Polis, Governor of the State of Colorado, do hereby proclaim June 27, 2019 as POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS DAY

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 CONNECTICUT (Proclamation)

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

Whereas, severe post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) is a disabling wound to the brain

which can occur following exposure to extremely traumatic events such as, but not exclusive to: interpersonal violence, combat, life-threatening accidents or natural disasters; and

Whereas, in many of these cases active duty soldiers and veterans with PTSI do not ask for help because of the negative stigma with which it is associated; and

Whereas, symptoms of PTSI include difficulty falling or staying asleep,  irritability

or outburst of anger, difficulty concentrating, reliving the trauma repeatedly in ones mind and exaggerated startled response amongst others; and

Whereas, trying to cope with these symptoms leads those afflicted to experience, in some cases, substance abuse, self-injurious behaviors or even suicide; an

Whereas, making the condition less stigmatizing and more honorable can favorably

influence those affected and encourage them to seek the help without fear of retribution or shame; and

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

Therefore, I,    Ned Lamont, Governor of the State of Connecticut, do hereby proclaim June 27, 2019 as POST TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS DAY in the State of Connecticut

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 DELAWARE (Resolution)

WHEREAS, historically, combat stress injuries have been unjustly portrayed as a mental illness caused by a preexisting flaw of character or ability; and

WHEREAS, the word “disorder” carries a stigma that perpetuates this misconception which can discourage the injured from seeking proper and timely medical treatment; and

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

WHEREAS, electro-magnetic imaging has shown that PTSD is more accurately described as an injury; and

WHEREAS, severe post-traumatic stress is a very common, and treatable, injury to the brain which can occur following exposure to extremely traumatic events, such as assault or abuse, combat, serious accidents, and natural disasters and;

WHEREAS, the General Assembly supports the preservation of all citizens’ personal dignity; and

WHEREAS, the term Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (“PTSI”) is less stigmatizing and viewed as more honorable,  which can favorably influence people affected with the condition, encouraging them to seek treatment without fear of retribution or shame; and

WHEREAS, all people suffering from PTSI deserve our compassion and consideration; and

WHEREAS, 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 deserve special tribute and acknowledgement; and

 HEREAS, PTSI is an injury that is repairable, and timely treatment can diminish complications and prevent suicides among the injured.

 NOW, THEREFORE: BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the 150th General Assembly of the State of Delaware, the Senate concurring therein, that June 2019 is recognized as “Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Month” in the State of Delaware.

 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that June 27, 2019, is recognized as “Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Day” in the State of Delaware.

 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the General Assembly encourages the Department of Health and Social Services and the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs to continue working to educate victims of assault or abuse, combat, serious accidents, and natural disasters about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of PTSI.

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 FLORIDA (Proclamation)

WHEREAS, all citizens of the United States possess the basic human right to the preservation of personal dignity and deserve the investment of every possible resource to ensure their lasting physical, mental, and emotional well-being; and

WHEREAS, combat stress is an invisible wound which has historically been unjustly portrayed as a mental illness caused by a preexisting flaw of character or ability, and that the word “disorder” carries a stigma which perpetuates this misconception; and

WHEREAS, referring to invisible wounds as a disorder can discourage the injured from seeking proper and timely medical treatment while referring to invisible wounds as post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) is less stigmatizing and viewed as more honorable, and this designation can favorably influence those affected and encourage them to seek treatment without fear of retribution or shame; and

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

WHEREAS, all citizens suffering post-traumatic stress injuries deserve our compassion and consideration, those brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces who have received these wounds in operational action against an enemy of the United States further deserve our clear and obvious recognition; and

WHEREAS, timely and appropriate treatment of post-traumatic stress injury can diminish complications and avert suicides:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Senator Victor M. Torres, Jr., of Florida Senate District 15, do recognize June 27th of each year as Post- Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day and encourage our Departments of Public Health and Military and Veterans Affairs to continue working to educate victims and their families, as well as the general public, about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for post-traumatic stress injury.

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 GEORGIA (Proclamation)

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 all resources to ensure their lasting physical, mental, and emotional well-being; and

WHEREAS post-traumatic stress injury is a disabling wound to the brain which can occur following exposure to extremely traumatic events; and

WHEREAS Post-traumatic stress has historically been viewed as a mental illness caused by a pre-existing flaw in the individual’s brain or character. The term “post­ traumatic stress disorder” carries a stigma that perpetuates this misconception; and

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

WHEREAS Making the condition less stigmatizing and more honorable can favorably influence those affected and encourage them to seek 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 recognition, and those who have received these wounds in service to our nation further deserve our respect and special honor; now

I, BRIAN P. KEMP, Governor of the State of Georgia do hereby proclaim June 27,2019  Post-traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day in Georgia

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IOWA (Resolution)

WHEREAS, all citizens of the United States possess the basic human right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and

WHEREAS, the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness includes the opportunity for citizens to enjoy physical, mental, and emotional well-being; and

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

WHEREAS, invisible wounds have historically been unjustly portrayed as a mental illness caused by a

preexisting flaw of character or ability, and the word “disorder” carries a stigma that perpetuates this misconception which can discourage the injured from seeking proper and timely medical treatment; and

WHEREAS, continuing to refer to invisible wounds as a disorder perpetuates the stigma of and bias against mental illness; and WHEREAS, it has been shown through electro-magnetic imaging that the invisible wound is more accurately described as an injury to the brain which can develop into a disorder; and

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

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

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

WHEREAS, post-traumatic stress injury is a disabling yet reversible wound that is treatable, and timely treatment can diminish complications and prevent suicides among the injured;

 NOW THEREFORE, 25 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 26 That the Iowa House of Representatives designates the twenty-seventh day of June each year as Post-Traumatic 28 Stress Injury Awareness Day; and 

 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Iowa House Representatives designates the month of June as 1 Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month; and

 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Iowa House of 3 Representatives urges the Iowa Department of Public 4 Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs to 5 continue working to educate victims of interpersonal 6 violence, combat, life-threatening accidents, or 7 natural disasters and their families, as well as 8 the general public, about the causes, symptoms, and 9 treatment of post-traumatic stress injuries

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 LOUISIANA (Resolution)

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 diagnosis known as post-traumatic stress disorder was first defined by the American Psychiatric Association in 1980 in order to 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, 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, through the use of electro-magnetic imaging, the medical field has demonstrated that the condition of post-traumatic stress is more accurately described as an injury; and

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

WHEREAS, PTSI can occur as a result of severely traumatic events including, without limitation, interpersonal violence, combat, life-threatening accidents, and natural disasters; 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, 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; and

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

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of Louisiana does hereby recognize the month of June 2019 as Post-traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month and does hereby recognize Thursday, June 27, 2019, as Post-traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day in Louisiana.

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 interpersonal violence, combat, life-threatening accidents, and natural disasters; veterans and their families; and the general public about the causes, symptoms, and treatments of post-traumatic stress injury.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that suitable copies of this Resolution be transmitted to the governor of Louisiana and the secretary of state.

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 MAINE (Resolution)

WHEREAS, all veterans of the United States Armed Forces possess the basic human right to the preservation of personal dignity and deserve the investment of every possible resource to ensure their lasting physical, mental and emotional well-being; and

WHEREAS, the diagnosis known as post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, was initially formulated in 1980 by the American Psychiatric Association to more accurately assess and assist veterans who had endured severe combat stress in Vietnam; and

WHEREAS, combat stress is an invisible wound that has historically been unjustly portrayed as a mental illness caused by a preexisting flaw of character or ability, and the word “disorder” carries a stigma that perpetuates this misconception; and

WHEREAS, it has been shown through electromagnetic imaging that these invisible wounds can cause physical changes to the brain that more accurately indicate an injury than a disorder; and

WHEREAS, referring to invisible wounds as a disorder may discourage the injured from seeking proper and timely medical treatment; and

WHEREAS, referring to invisible wounds as post-traumatic stress injury, or PTSI, is less stigmatizing and viewed as more honorable, and this designation can favorably influence those affected and encourage them to seek treatment without fear of retribution or shame; and

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

WHEREAS, post-traumatic stress injury satisfying the criteria for a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders deserves disability compensation equal to that allowed for PTSD under the law; and

WHEREAS, while all citizens suffering post-traumatic stress injuries deserve our compassion and consideration, those brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces who have received these wounds in operational action against an enemy of the United States further deserve our clear and obvious recognition; and

WHEREAS, timely and appropriate treatment of post-traumatic stress injury can diminish complications and avert suicides;

now, therefore, be it RESOLVED: That We, the Members of the One Hundred and Twenty-ninth Legislature now assembled in the First Regular Session, on behalf of the people we represent, take this opportunity to designate June 27, 2019 as POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS DAY

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 MARYLAND (Proclamation)

Post-traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month, June 2019, signed by Governor Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. June 1, 2019

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 MASSACHUSETTS (Proclamation)

Whereas, The brave  men and women of the ‘United States  armed forces– who proudly serve the ‘Unite a States and risk their lives to protect our freedom, deserve the investment of every possible{e resource to ensure their Casting physical, menta{, and emotional wellbeing; and

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

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

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

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

Whereas, Proper and timely treatment that can diminish suicide rates; and

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

Now, Therefore, I, Charles D. Baker, governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, herebyproclaim June 27th, 2019, to be POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS DAY

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 MICHIGAN (Resolution)

Whereas, The brave men and women of the United States (U.S.) 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 U.S. 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 ten thousand 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 U.S. 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 or alcohol-related disorders and deaths; and

Whereas, Thousands of Michigan corrections professionals who perform a critical and dangerous job protecting the public suffer health detriments due to high stress and potentially traumatic occupational experiences. Recent studies have shown that nearly 33.7 percent of surveyed corrections officers are estimated to be PTSI positive in this state; and

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

Whereas, The establishment of a Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day in Michigan will raise public awareness about issues related to PTSI; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate, That the members of this legislative body commemorate June 27, 2019, as Post Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day; and be it further

Resolved, That 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.

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MISSISSIPPI (Proclamation)

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

WHEREAS, severe post-traumatic stress injury is a disabling wound to the brain which can occur following exposure to extremely traumatic events such as interpersonal violence, combat, life­ threatening accidents, or natural disasters; and

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

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

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

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

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

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Phil Bryant, Governor of the State of Mississippi, do hereby proclaim June 27, 2019, as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day in the State of Mississippi and encourage our Veterans Affairs Agency, the Department of Health, and The Adjutant General to continue working to educate service members, veterans, the families of service members and veterans, victims of abuse, crime and natural disaster, and the general public about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of post-traumatic stress injury

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MONTANA (Proclamation)

I am pleased to recognize June 27, 2019 as Post Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day in the state of Montana.

PTSI is a brain injury that develops after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. Veterans, first responders and survivors of violence commonly suffer from the effects of PTSI, and symptoms include persistent flashbacks, nightmares and anxiety. While PTSI can be treated if addressed in a proper and timely manner, the stigma surrounding PTSI prevents many people from reaching for the care they need and deserve.

We must do everything we can to eliminate this stigma so Montanans with PTSI feel comfortable seeking care and receiving support. []

Steve Bullock, Governor

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 NEBRASKA (Resolution)

WHEREAS, the diagnosis known as post-traumatic stress disorder was initially formulated in 1980 by the American Psychiatric Association to more accurately assess and assist veterans who had endured severe combat stress in Vietnam; and

WHEREAS, combat stress is an invisible wound that has historically been unjustly portrayed as a mental illness caused by a preexisting flaw of character or ability, and that the word “disorder” carries a stigma that perpetuates this misconception; and

WHEREAS, electromagnetic brain imaging now shows previously invisible wounds, physical changes to the brain more accurately described as an injury than as a disorder; and

WHEREAS, referring to invisible wounds as a disorder can discourage the injured from seeking proper and timely medical treatment; and

WHEREAS, referring to such wounds as post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) is less stigmatizing and viewed as more honorable, influencing those affected to seek treatment without fear of retribution or shame; and

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

WHEREAS, all citizens suffering from post-traumatic stress injury deserve compassion and consideration, and those brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces who have endured these wounds in operational action especially deserve our respect and recognition; and

WHEREAS, timely and appropriate treatment of post-traumatic stress injury can diminish complications, avert further victimization, and reduce the number of related suicides.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MEMBERS OF THE ONE HUNDRED SIXTH LEGISLATURE OF NEBRASKA, FIRST SESSION:

That the Legislature recognizes June 2019 as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month in Nebraska, and June 27, 2019, as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day in Nebraska.

That the Legislature encourages the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to continue working to educate victims and their families, as well as the general public, about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of post-traumatic stress injury.

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 NEW YORK (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 diagnosis known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was initially formulated in 1980 by the American Psychiatric Association to more accurately assess and assist veterans who had endured severe combat stress in Vietnam; and

WHEREAS, Combat stress is an invisible wound which has historically been unjustly portrayed as a mental illness caused by a preexisting flaw of character or ability, and that the word “disorder” carries a stigma which perpetuates this misconception; and

WHEREAS, It has been shown though electro-magnetic imaging that these invisible wounds can cause physical changes to the brain which more accurately describe an injury than a disorder; and

WHEREAS, Referring to invisible wounds as a disorder can discourage the injured from seeking proper and timely medical treatment; and

WHEREAS, Referring to invisible wounds as post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) is less stigmatizing and viewed as more honorable, and this designation can favorably influence those affected and encourage them to seek treat- ment without fear of retribution or shame; and

WHEREAS, Post-traumatic stress injury can occur following exposure to extremely traumatic events other than combat such as, but not exclusive to: interpersonal violence, life-threatening accidents and natural disasters; and

WHEREAS, Post-traumatic stress injury satisfying criteria A through H of the diagnosis for post-traumatic stress disorder in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual deserves disability compensation equal to that allowed for PTSD under the law; 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 clear and obvious recognition; and

WHEREAS, Timely and appropriate treatment of post-traumatic stress injury can diminish complications and avert suicides; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim June 2019, as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month and June 27, 2019, as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day in the State of New York; and be it further

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause further to respectfully urge the Department of Health, the Department of Mental Health, the Division of Military and Naval Affairs and the Division of Veterans’ Affairs to continue to work to educate the victims of abuse, crime and natural disasters, service members, veterans and their families,  and the general public, about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of post-traumatic stress

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 NORTH CAROLINA (Proclamation)

WHEREAS, the more than 1 20,000 active military personnel and more than 720,000 veterans of North Carolina deserve the investment of every possible resource to ensure their la s ting physical, mental and emotional wellbeing; and

WHEREAS, post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) affects approximately 8 million adults in the Unite d States annually; and

WHEREAS, as many as 20 percent of all veterans of the Unite d States Armed Forces experience some form of PTSI; and

WHEREAS, PTSI can occur after experiencing a severely traumatic event such as military combat, sexual assault, child ab use, high-impact collision, natural disaster, an act of terrorism or other forms of trauma; and

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

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

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

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

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

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ROY COOPER, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim June 2019, as “POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS MONTH” and June 27, 201 9, as “POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS DAY” in North Carolina, and commend observance to all citizens.

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 SOUTH DAKOTA (Proclamation)

PIERRE, S.D. – At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed June 27, 2019, as “Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day,” a day to reflect on the causes, symptoms and treatment of post- traumatic stress injuries.

“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,” the Governor’s proclamation states.

PTSI, which is commonly known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, is a normal reaction to abnormal circumstances and affects more than 5 million Americans each year. It is most commonly associated with veterans – and has been known by many other terms, including shell shock and combat fatigue – but PTSI can affect anyone at any age.

“Our veterans face many life-changing and dangerous situations when they put their lives on the line in defense of our nation’s freedoms,” said Greg Whitlock, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. “Raising awareness of PTSI is an important step in ensuring veterans have the support they need to make a successful transition back to civilian life. This will help with increased understanding of unseen emotional struggles resulting from PTSI and is critical to the health and well-being of our returning heroes.”

It is estimated that between 11 and 20 percent of veterans experience symptoms of PTSI, including up to 20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. “Every veteran processes their military experiences differently, but for those that are experiencing nightmares, flashbacks, irritability or other symptoms of PTSI, help is available,” said Whitlock. “Specialized treatment for PTSI is available through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at https://www.ptsd.va.gov/.”

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WISCONSIN (Proclamation)

WHEREAS, our servicemembers of the United States Armed Forces who proudly serve or have served the United States deserve support and investments ensuring their lasting physical, mental, and emotional well-being; and

WHEREAS, severe post-traumatic stress injury is a disabling wound to the brain which can occur following exposure to combat as well as other extremely traumatic events, such as interpersonal violence, life-threatening accidents or natural disasters; and

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

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

WHEREAS, working to destigmatize post-traumatic stress injuries can favorably influence those affected and encourage them to seek without fear of retribution or shame, and receive proper and timely treatment that can diminish suicide rates;

NOW, THEREFORE, I Tony Evers, Governor of State of Wisconsin, I do hereby proclaim June 27, 2019 as Post-traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day

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 WYOMING (Proclamation)

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

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

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

WHEREAS proper and timely treatment that can diminish suicide rates and

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

NOW, THEREFORE, I, MARK GORDON, Governor of the State of Wyoming do hereby proclaim June 27, 2019 as POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS DAY

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 US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (Resolution)

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 2,770,000 members of the Armed Forces have deployed overseas since the events of September 11, 2001, and have served in places such as Afghanistan and Iraq;

Whereas the current generation of men and women in the Armed Forces has sustained a high rate of operational deployments, with many members of the Armed Forces serving overseas multiple times, placing those members at high risk of experiencing combat stress;

Whereas, when left untreated, exposure to traumatic combat stress can lead to post-traumatic stress injury, currently referred to in the ‘‘Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’’ as post-traumatic stress disorder (in this preamble referred to as ‘‘PTSD’’);

Whereas men and women of the Armed Forces and veterans who served before September 11, 2001, remain at risk for post-traumatic stress injury;

Whereas the Secretary of Veterans Affairs reports that ap- proximately 11 to 20 percent of veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom have PTSD in a given year 12 percent of veterans who served in the Persian Gulf war have PTSD in a given year; and 30 percent of veterans who served in the Vietnam era have had PTSD in their lifetimes;

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

Whereas exposure to trauma during service in the Armed Forces can lead to post-traumatic stress injury;

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

Whereas public perceptions of post-traumatic stress injury or other mental health disorders create unique challenges for veterans seeking employment;

Whereas the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and veterans service organizations, 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 injury and the symptoms of post-traumatic stress injury, but many challenges remain;

Whereas increased understanding of post-traumatic stress in- jury can help to eliminate the stigma attached to this mental health issue;

Whereas additional efforts are needed to find further ways to eliminate the stigma associated with post-traumatic stress injury, including an examination of how post-traumatic stress in- jury is discussed in the United States; and a recognition that post-traumatic stress injury is a common injury that is treatable;

Whereas post-traumatic stress injury 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 the word ‘‘disorder’’ perpetuates the stigma associated with combat stress; and

Whereas the designation of a National Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month and a National Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day will raise public awareness about issues related to post-traumatic stress injury, re- duce 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 House of Representatives—

(1) supports the designation of June 2019 as “National Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month’’ and June 27, 2019, as ‘‘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;

(3) supports efforts by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of Defense to foster cultural change around the issue of post-traumatic stress injury, understanding     that personal interactions can save lives and advance treatment;

(4) welcomes the efforts of the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 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 injury;

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

(6) recognizes the impact of post-traumatic stress injury on the spouses and families of members

of the Armed Forces and veterans; and

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

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 US SENATE (Resolution)

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 2,770,000 members of the Armed Forces have deployed overseas since the events of September 11, 2001, and have served in places such as Afghanistan and Iraq;

Whereas the current generation of men and women in the Armed Forces has sustained a high rate of operational deployments, with many members of the Armed Forces serving overseas multiple times, placing those members at high risk of experiencing combat stress;

Whereas, when left untreated, exposure to traumatic combat stress can lead to post-traumatic stress, sometimes referred to as post-traumatic stress disorder (in this pre- amble referred to as ‘‘PTSD’’) or post-traumatic stress injury;

Whereas men and women of the Armed Forces and veterans who served before September 11, 2001, remain at risk for post-traumatic stress;

Whereas the Secretary of Veterans Affairs reports that ap- proximately 11 to 20 percent of veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom have PTSD in a given year;

12 percent of veterans who served in the Persian Gulf War have PTSD in a given year; and 30 percent of veterans who served in the Vietnam era have had PTSD in their lifetimes;

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

Whereas exposure to trauma during service in the Armed Forces can lead to post-traumatic stress;

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

Whereas public perceptions of post-traumatic stress or other mental health disorders create unique challenges for veterans seeking employment;

Whereas the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and veterans service organizations, 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 this mental health issue;

Whereas additional efforts are needed to find further ways to eliminate the stigma associated with post-traumatic stress, including an examination of how post-traumatic stress is discussed in the United States; and a recognition that post-traumatic stress is a common injury that is treatable;

Whereas post-traumatic stress can result from any number of stressors other than combat, including rape, sexual as- sault, battery, torture, confinement, child abuse, car 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 the word ‘‘disorder’’ perpetuates the stigma associated with combat stress; 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 2019 as ‘‘National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month’’ and June 27, 2019, 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) supports efforts by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of Defense to foster cultural change around the issue of post-traumatic stress, understanding that personal interactions can save lives and advance treatment;

 (4) welcomes the efforts of the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 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;

 (5) encourages officers of the Armed Forces to support appropriate treatment of men and women of

the Armed Forces who suffer from post-traumatic stress;

(6) recognizes the impact of post-traumatic stress on the spouses and families of members of  the Armed Forces and veterans; and

 (7) 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

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Bills, Resolution and Proclamation for 2017

 

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

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 who have received these wounds in action against an enemy of the United States further deserve our special tribute and acknowledgement:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE HUNDREDTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE 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 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 nation’s 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 nation’s 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.

Individual Supporters

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 

R. Drew Fezzey, Music Producer and Filmmaker

Carrie Fox, President, C. Fox Communications

Catherine Wallace, Small Business Owner

Judy Weiner, Small Business Owner

Paul Loes, Small Business Owner 

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

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