Category: Veteran Therapy

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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The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates as many as 20% of veterans who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom are suffering from PTSD. Operation Rubix offers a variety of services to help veterans with PTSD and other issues, but since “one size” does not fit all, some veterans may be better suited for alternative assistance such as a service dog.

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There are many mental health therapies available for veterans suffering from PTSD and other issues, but a lot of them are not totally effective. The Veterans Administration estimates that somewhere between 10-20 percent of veterans returning from active duty will suffer PTSD. It is also estimated that about 20 veterans are committing suicide each day due to their mental health issues. Operation Rubix is determined to give veterans in the greater Sarasota Florida area access to a network of mental and physical health support for them and their families who also suffer from the effects of mental trauma.

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Operation Rubix is concerned for the physical and mental health of our veterans in the greater Sarasota area. As part of that commitment, we support Mental Health Awareness Week sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). This organization is determined to raise awareness of mental illness and help reduce the stigma of those who suffer from it.

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If you are a veteran, active military member, or a family member of a military member, it is possible that you are dealing with stress. Stress related to the military is difficult to deal with, but there are treatments available that can help you and your family experience relief. For example, a study has confirmed that military family counseling works.

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