PTSD

PTSD is said to affect approximately 30% of Vietnam Veterans and possibly the same number in today's conflicts. We have seen our fellow veterans lose jobs, marriages, homes, and their life to PTSD. The VA established changes to it's rules for claiming PTSD as a disability making it easier for veterans to file a claim and receive compensation.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a type of anxiety disorder. It can occur after you've seen or experienced a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death.

VA Ruling on PTSD (Click to View/Hide)

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may occur soon after a major trauma, or it can be delayed for more than 6 months after the event. When it occurs soon after the trauma, it usually gets better after 3 months. However, some people have a longer-term form of PTSD, which can last for many years.

PTSD can occur at any age and can follow a natural disaster such as a flood or fire, or events such as war, a prison stay, assault, domestic abuse, or rape. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, in the United States may have caused PTSD in some people who were involved, in people who saw the disaster, and in people who lost relatives and friends. These kinds of events can produce stress in anyone, but not everyone develops PTSD.

The cause of PTSD is unknown, but psychological, genetic, physical, and social factors are involved. PTSD changes the body’s response to stress. It affects the stress hormones and chemicals that carry information between the nerves (neurotransmitters). Having been exposed to trauma in the past may increase the risk of PTSD. (Excerpt from National Institute of Health).

PTSD Checklist - Military (Click to View/Hide)



PTSD From Our Blog

Veterans Affairs looking for veterans to test medical cannabis as treatment for PTSD | Belleville News-Democrat

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:52:31 +0000

If you want to get paid to smoke pot, you might want to talk to the VA BY MIKE FITZGERALD mfitzgerald@bnd.com Are you a military veteran? Do you have post-traumatic stress disorder? Do you enjoy smoking cannabis?If you can answer yes to all three questions, then you might want to talk to the U.S. Department […]

From War To Plow: Why USDA Wants Veterans To Take Up Farming : The Salt : NPR

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:21:24 +0000

Sara Creech has grown dependent on farming. She started out planting an orchard of fruit trees: apples, peaches, cherries and pears. She added berry bushes and rows of vegetables.And then she bought her first chickens. via From War To Plow: Why USDA Wants Veterans To Take Up Farming : The Salt : NPR.

Vets rally in Phoenix for terminated UA researcher

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:03:21 +0000

Veterans who support research into the use of marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder came together with other advocates at a medical campus in downtown Phoenix on Tuesday afternoon to protest the departure of a leading researcher in the field. via Vets rally in Phoenix for terminated UA researcher.

Marijuana study backed by feds delayed after researcher’s firing

Tue, 08 Jul 2014 01:50:56 +0000

As legal marijuana expands in the USA, with recreational sales starting Tuesday in Washington state, a first-of-its-kind pot study approved by the federal government is hitting a snag. via Marijuana study backed by feds delayed after researcher’s firing.

US Data Corporation Pledges to Donate 1% of All Retail Sales in May to The Soldiers Project | Intercooler

Sat, 10 May 2014 22:14:37 +0000

All US Data Corporation purchases made during the month of May will be helping our Veterans struggling with PTSD. Omaha, NE (PRWEB) May 10, 2014 In honor of Memorial Day, US Data Corporation has pledged to donate 1% of all retail sales for the month of May to The Soldiers Project. Any sales made during […]

Arizona veterans back off senator’s recall

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:07:57 +0000

BRAHM RESNIK Brahm Resnik, Phoenix 2:55 p.m. MST April 16, 2014 An Arizona veterans group that launched a recall effort last week against Republican state Sen. Kimberly Yee is filing papers Wednesday to end the recall. via Arizona veterans back off senator’s recall.

Starbucks CEO To Donate $30 Million To Support PTSD Research For Veterans

Sat, 22 Mar 2014 23:06:12 +0000

Starbucks CEO To Donate $30 Million To Support PTSD Research For Veterans The Huffington Post  | by  Melissa McGlensey Posted: 03/21/2014 6:18 pm EDT Updated: 03/21/2014 6:59 pm EDT Print  Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is making a large donation to help U.S. veterans. Schultz spoke to CBS Evening News on Wednesday and announced his plan to […]

State Senator blocks medical marijuana study – FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:54:45 +0000

By Steve Krafft, FOX 10 News  PHOENIX (KSAZ) – The proposed University of Arizona scientific study about using marijuana to treat veterans with post traumatic stress disorder has the green light from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. But one person, State Senator Kimberly Yee of Phoenix has stopped the bill in it’s tracks. via […]

Study of marijuana as PTSD treatment for vets wins U.S. backing | CTV News

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:01:31 +0000

Study of marijuana as PTSD treatment for vets wins U.S. backing The Associated Press Published Monday, March 17, 2014 2:22PM EDT WASHINGTON — The U.S. government has signed off on a long-delayed study looking at marijuana as a treatment for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, a development that drug researchers are hailing as a major […]

Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes to Ride in Cross-Country

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:02:14 +0000

Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes to Ride in Cross-Country“Race Across America” to Raise Money for Troops Combating Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress PRWEB.COM Newswire New York, NY (PRWEB) March 06, 2014 A group of eight elite amateur and former professional athletes will ride their bicycles over 3,000 miles, coast-to-coast, in the 32nd Annual Race […]