Tuesday, December 9, 2014

#DearVA I Wanted To Take a Few Moments...

#DearVA

I wanted to take a few moments today to talk to you about the concern I have for my kids. It's already been shown that children who grow up in a household with a parent with PTSD have a higher instance of behavioral and emotional issues, self-esteem problems as well as increased periods of depression. 

Under the current #VA setup, there are no provisions for my kids to receive screening or care for this based on his DX. 

I think that it would be beneficial to families as a whole if the #NewVA considered a covered program for the children of Veterans suffering from PTSD. It would help to have resources to teach coping techniques, guide with issues that may occur on a case by case basis as well as screenings for depression and developing emotional problems.

Thank you for listening.
A Mom as well as a Veteran's wife.


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#DearVA,

I read a short while back that PTSD Service Dogs are not covered by your Veterinarian Plan because PTSD can not be measured. I would like to respectfully disagree.

You see, my Veteran, he has PTSD from his service in Operation Desert Storm. Many of his brothers also have PTSD.  They all can measure their PTSD, and as a Spouse, I can as well.

I measure his PTSD in sleepless nights. I measure this demon by the bruises I carry from his nightmares, when he strikes out. His son measures it by the anger at minor things. His family measures PTSD by his hypervigalence.
Understand #VA, these are just a few ways that we can measure his PTSD. There are so many other ways. So when you say that his PTSD can't be measured, you are wrong.

We would like to see the #NewVA cover all Service Dogs. They provide a very valuable service for our Veterans. It is time that you cared about PTSD. 22 Veterans a Day says it is time that you cared.

PM
Caregiver

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