Supporters

National Guard Association of the United States

One Mind for Research

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Brain Injury Association of America

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

Comfort for America's Uniformed Service

Code of Support Foundation

Army Wife Network

Yellow Ribbon Fund

United Children of Veterans

Operation Never Forgotten

National Center for Victims of Crime

Social Media

RESOLUTION

 

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 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; 

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,

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

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

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;

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;

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

WHEREAS, post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) 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/House/Assembly):

designates June 27th of each year is designated as (state) Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day;

designates June as (state) Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month;

respectfully urges our Departments of Public Health, Military and 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 and

respectfully directs that this resolution be transmitted to the Governor for appropriate proclamation and execution and to the Secretary of State for appropriate publication and preservation. 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Post-traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month 

and June 27, 2017 as  

POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS DAY 

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