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  •  You do know a bit about non-profits though (2+ / 0-)
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    angelajean, llbear

    Sooooo, your name has come up between the two of us.

    There really isn't enough good PTSD treatment being aggressively chased by the military in our opinion.  And after basic treatment there are different in house supervised workshops out there for the suffering to get even better reconnected in that seem very reasonably priced.  We have been sounding some things out.

    Sometimes I get very frustrated with the VA.  What if?  What if a non-profit supplied grants for treatments outside the VA?

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      Militarytracy, llbear

      Is our time better spent getting the VA to properly treat PTSD in the first place or getting the grants?

    •  I'm one of those obnoxious loud-mouthed Vets (2+ / 0-)
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      Militarytracy, angelajean

      who basically shoved the idea that PTS(D) was real and needed to be treated. PTS(D) profoundly affected every single one of more than 50 Vets with whom I've worked - and most had attempted suicide. All of them - without exception - found more relief through peer counseling than from spotty, erratic professional counseling.

      I swear the best use of money devoted to treating Vets with severe PTS(D) is to take over small hospitals now-closed throughout the country exclusively for the purpose of providing a range of peer counseling treatments. Its' the only way the VA will ever be able to provide sufficient treatment for most of those in need.

      Those who fought the war in Afghanistan won it. Get them out of Afghanistan NOW . . . It's long past time. The time has come to repair this country and care for its' veterans.

      by llbear on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 09:31:56 AM PDT

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      •  Vets need vets (1+ / 0-)
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        Vets have a certain trust and dedication to each other, it is part of "what has happened to them".  They have developed deep bonds and trust in the face of death that most individuals will never have reason to reach.  It is a normal development and experience given what they have faced IMO, but the rest of us weren't there, we were not challenged to develop what they have.   They have muscles and strengths that the rest of us can't easily identify with.

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