Recreation therapy makes a difference physically and mentally for veterans. If you are a veteran, or if your loved one is a veteran, consider seeking recreation therapy. Recreation therapy is a type of therapy that encourages individuals to get active. One example of creation therapy is cycling. Even if you or a loved one was physically injured in the line of duty, there is a form of recreation therapy available to help.

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National VJ Day

VJ Day is celebrated on September 2 in the United States. VJ Day stands for Victory over Japan Day. This victory was the shift in the Second World War that favored the Allies (the United States, Great Britain, France, and other nations). To learn more about National VJ Day, keep reading.

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U.S. Coast Guard Birthday

August 4, 1790, is the birthday of the U.S. Coast Guard. In 1790, Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury, founded the Revenue Marine, which is known as the U.S. Coast Guard today. The name change came in 1915 after the Revenue Cutter Service and the U.S. Life Saving Service merged. If you want to learn more about the U.S. Coast Guard’s birthday, continue reading.

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PTSD and Fireworks

Independence Day in the United States is often celebrated with family picnics, parties, and fireworks. Scheduled fireworks displays are not necessarily a problem for veterans suffering from PTSD, but private and often illegal fireworks in the neighborhoods surrounding our veterans can cause flashbacks and anxiety as they relive bombs, gunfire, and explosions from their previous deployment.

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Post-traumatic stress disorder affects many veterans returning from active duty. Popular therapy has focused on trauma-based programs favored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Department of Defense. However, a new study by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that these therapies were only effective in about one-third of the veterans who were tested.

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The first Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) was formed in 2008 in Buffalo NY by the Honorable Robert Russell who saw increasing numbers of veterans coming into his Drug and Mental Health Courts. He worked with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and local veterans organizations to create a docket that specifically deals with veterans involved in the justice system.

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Two US Senators have introduced a bill that will allow veterans to seek innovative treatments to combat PTSD and other mental health issues. It is known as the Veterans Post traumatic Growth Act and requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to conduct a pilot program that will study nonprofit therapeutic programs relative to traditional models of mental healthcare.

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