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Operation Wounded Minds Healing The Hidden Wounds Of PTS (Post Traumatic Stress). One Hero At A Time!
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Kathy
04/02/2016
Kathy

Kathy

Social Security Disability for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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For PTSD disability, Social Security will want to see evidence of near-extreme anxiety or emotional disturbance caused by regular flashbacks, nightmares, or memories.

updated by Beth Laurence, J.D.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) happens after seeing or going through a traumatic event involving injury or death, such as an accident, rape, abuse, killing, natural disaster (like a fire, earthquake, or hurricane), or even experiencing a heart attack. PTSD causes recurrent flashback episodes and nightmares that can disrupt day-to-day activity. Some forms of PTSD include hyper-vigilance, extreme fear of the event recurring, anger or irritability, and a tendency to be easily startled.

PTSD is unlike simple shock, depression or stress, in the fact that the body and brain chemistry actually change with post traumatic stress disorder. Those with the disorder usually show a high level of catecholamine and a low level of cortisol in their urine and a decrease in the volume of their hippocampus, a part of the frontal lobe of the brain that is also damaged during Alzheimer's disease.

Treatment for post traumatic stress disorder can involve counseling, cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, antidepressant drugs, antipsychotic medications, or a combination of one or more of these treatments. Also, sometimes eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) helps to reduce the effect of traumatic events

Getting Disability for PTSD

Disability claims for PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, can be approved by disability claims examiners in two separate ways. The first route for approval is for individuals whose medical records satisfy the requirements of Social Security's disability listing on anxiety-related disorders. The second means of approval is to get a "medical-vocational allowance." This may sound like it's an exception, but it's actually the manner in which the great majority of SSD and SSI disability claims are approved.

To meet the requirement of the anxiety listing, you must have disruptive flashbacks, nightmares, or memories that regularly cause you “marked distress,” which means you suffer from near-extreme anxiety or emotional disturbance, not just disturbing memories that make you uncomfortable. The marked distress must interfere with your daily activities, social life, or ability to concentrate. Other ways to qualify under the anxiety listing are having the required symptoms of panic attacks, OCD, phobias, or generalized anxiety due to your PTSD.

Medical Evidence Required for PTSD

What is in your medical records means everything to the processing of a SSDI or SSI disability claim. What should your mental records have to say about your condition? There should be at least one detailed description of a typical episode of PTSD, including the frequency and duration of any panic attacks, and what brings on worsening symptoms. Your doctor should also include whether your description of your symptoms matches his opinion of your mental state. Most importantly, your medical record should include how your PTSD symptoms effect your ability to function, both at home and at work.

For information on making a disability claim with the Veterans' Administration for combat stress, contact us today for your free phone evaluation by clicking on the link below. Even if you don't use our services, our website is a wealth of free resources to help you prepare a strong case and help you maximize all your benefits.

09/18/2015

A Pepperdine friend who works for with our Veterans posted this today. As a friend I am taking a moment to honor the request.

September is Suicide Prevention month . If I don't see your name, I'll understand. May I ask my family and friends wherever you might be, to kindly copy and paste this status for one hour to give a moment of support to all of those who have family problems, health struggles, job issues, worries of any kind and just needs to know that someone cares? Do it for all of us, for nobody is immune. I hope to see this on the walls of all my family and friends just for moral support. I know some will!!! I did it for a friend and you can too. You have to copy and paste this one, NO sharing.

Support this young man!
09/02/2015
Click here to support Service dog for Combat Vet by Joshua Lynch

Support this young man!

Please read my story...My name is Joshua Lynch and I was in the Army for 6 years. During my enlistment, I was deployed twice to Iraq, spending almost two years there. My goal is to raise money to help pay for a service dog to help me retake my life back. I've seen first hand from fellow veterans...

06/26/2015

Watch for Operation Wounded Minds PTS Awareness Event on June 27th in the news!

June 25, 2014
PRESS ADVISORY
Operation Wounded Minds Hosts National PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) Awareness Day June 27, 2015 at Lafayette BART
OAKLAND, Calif. (June 25, 2015) Operation Wounded Minds, a Bay Area-based Non-Profit Organization dedicated to building a more supportive society for individuals with Post-Traumatic Stress, will be hosting a free evening event at the Lafayette BART Middle Parking Lot (Lafayette, Calif.) in recognition of National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Day, Saturday, June 27, 2015.
Beginning at 7:45pm in the BART parking lot across from the “Crosses at Lafayette” (The Iraq and Afghanistan War Memorial), the event will feature local musicians, a screening of the trailer for: ACRONYM: The Cross-Generational Battle with PTSD by filmmaker and journalist Steffen Tubbs, and a candlelight vigil at sunset (8:26pm) at the Crosses. Medal of Honor recipient Ty M. Carter will provide the keynote. Danville Town Councilmember Newell Arnerich will MC the event.
“PTS is emerging as one of the most important health and social issues of our time,” says Operation Wounded Minds Founder Dwayne Jones. “This event will be an unforgettable local and regional milestone in raising its public profile.”
For details visit operationwoundedminds.com.
History on National PTSD Awareness Day
In 2010, Congress named June 27th PTSD Awareness Day (S. Res. 455)
For the second consecutive year in 2014, the Senate designated the full month of June for National PTSD Awareness (S. Res. 481
About Operation Wounded Minds
Operation Wounded Minds (OWM) is a California-based non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public, finding funding for research, and supporting families who have lost a loved one to PTS. Its mission is to remove the shame and stigma from Post-Traumatic Stress so individuals will be more inclined to seek treatment and society will be more supportive.
Ty M. Carter received the Medal of Honor in August of 2013. He spoke at the White House when he received the recognition for his actions during the Battle of Kamdesh. Carter spoke about his Post-Traumatic Stress and described PTS as the invisible wounds of war during his speech at the White House.
Mr. Carter is on a new mission to drop the D from PTSD because PTS is a natural human reaction to trauma, not a disorder.
STEFFAN TUBBS is co-host of Colorado’s Morning News on 850 KOA in Denver. He spent more than six years as a national correspondent with ABC News based in Los Angeles, and nearly two years as a reporter/anchor for Fox5/WNYW-TV in New York City before moving back to Denver in 2005. Steffan hosted Studio 12 on Colorado Public Television for eight years and is now passionate about making meaningful documentary films that matter.
ACRONYM: The Cross-Generational Battle with PTSD is his latest film currently under production. The film takes a look at veterans from every war since WWII and the common bond they share: the demons only war can bring. He will interview WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf Wars I & II, Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans for this incredibly touching portrayal of life with PTSD. These are stories that must be told. Scheduled release is Veteran's Day 2015.
Press Contact
NAME – Dwayne Jones
Operation Wounded Minds
NUMBER – 925-320-1033
EMAIL ADDRESS – [email protected]

NAME – Jerry Hamill
Operation Wounded Minds
NUMBER – 925-922-2555
EMAIL ADDRESS – [email protected]

Operation Wounded Minds PTS Awareness event on June 27th will feature the California premiere of the trailer for the doc...
06/24/2015
ACRONYM

Operation Wounded Minds PTS Awareness event on June 27th will feature the California premiere of the trailer for the documentary ACRONYM: The Cross Generational Battle with PTSD by award winning director Steffan Tubbs. Please join us!
http://www.mountaintm.com/acronym/

06/29/2014
Love Our Vets - PTSD Family Support

Love Our Vets - PTSD Family Support

THE VETERANS AFFAIRS REFORM BILL

It appears doubtful that there will be a quick solution to the long waits for health care at the VA. On Tuesday, House and Senate members held their first conference committee meeting to hash out the differences between the proposals for reform at the VA. Optimistic projections that the VA reform bill would be on The President’s desk by the Fourth of July seem doomed.

The sticking points center around estimates from the Congressional Budget Office on the cost of allowing veterans to visit private-sector doctors if they live more than 40 miles from the closest VA facilities or face a long wait time.

Committee members continue to work on negotiating an agreement. They are on break next week for the Fourth of July holiday, and are expected to be gone most of August and September before the November elections.

Don’t let this important legislation fall through the cracks! Make yourself heard! Write a letter; make a phone call; or send an email to let your Senators and Congressman know that you support VA reform.

Join us for PTS 101 For The Nation.... A Live Webcast with Medal of Honor Recipient SSGT Ty M. Carter who speaks to the ...
06/27/2014
PTS 101 For The Nation

Join us for PTS 101 For The Nation.... A Live Webcast with Medal of Honor Recipient SSGT Ty M. Carter who speaks to the nation about Post Traumatic Stress for our returning warriors and veterans on National PTS Day!

Other PTS Experts will also participate in the live program at 12:15 PTS Today!


http://www.ustream.tv/channel/pts-101-for-the-nation-with-operation-wounded-minds

A program to end the stigma of Post Traumatic Stress so our Warriors, First Responders and Civilians will seek treatment. #saveourheroes www.OperationWoundedMinds.org

This is our Crowd Funding Campaign.... Please help us achieve our goal within the 30 days - small donations are what we ...
06/26/2014
Operation Wounded Minds

This is our Crowd Funding Campaign.... Please help us achieve our goal within the 30 days - small donations are what we need from the masses. Please take the time to review our campaign, share it on your page and send $5 - $10 - $27 -

Our warriors are returning home with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). 22 of them commit suicide each day. Help end the stigma of PTS so they will seek treatment.

06/25/2014
Fresno VA is stop on PTSD awareness tour (video) | Local News | FresnoBee.com

Our Stop in Fresno allowed for time to sit with Fresno Bee and talk about Project California PTS Awareness Campaign and our belief that the number being reported at 22 suicides a day does not represent a true number and is skewed by lack of reporting by the states.

California should require that veteran suicides be reported, founders of a nonprofit organization said Tuesday at the Fresno veterans hospital during a statewide tour to raise awareness about post-traumatic stress among veterans.

Operation Wounded Minds
06/24/2014
Operation Wounded Minds

Operation Wounded Minds

Our warriors are returning home with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). 22 of them commit suicide each day. Help end the stigma of PTS so they will seek treatment.

Operation Wounded Minds
06/23/2014
Operation Wounded Minds

Operation Wounded Minds

Our warriors are returning home with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). 22 of them commit suicide each day. Help end the stigma of PTS so they will seek treatment.

06/13/2014
Wounded Warrior Project

More Must Be Done! #HelpWoundedMinds

Wounded Warrior Project is encouraged to see significant congressional movement this week on the issue of veteran health care after our call for major reforms. In the wake of the VA’s medical-appointment wait-time scandal, on Wednesday, June 11, the Senate overwhelmingly passed sweeping legislation aimed at increasing veterans' access to health care and easing the firing and demotion of VA administrators. With the House of Representatives having passed a similar-purpose bill this week, this sets the stage for discussions that could likely lead to a strong bill being sent to the President.

Passed by a vote of 93-3, the Senate bill – The Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act -- attempts to tackle a series of problems thought to have contributed to the suspected falsification of appointment-scheduling at up to three of four VA medical facilities. The bill would not only give VA new tools to hire additional clinical staff, it would – for a two-year period and for the first time, establish an option to receive care outside VA for VA-enrolled veterans who either live more than 40 miles from the closest VA medical facility or as new patients sought an initial appointment for VA hospital care or medical services and VA could not provide timely treatment.

That provision would direct VA to contract with clinicians to furnish that care and those veterans who elect non-VA care would be given a “Choice Card” specifying the services the veteran is eligible to receive. The bill authorizes the use of emergency spending authority to cover those costs. Many provisions of this 101-page bill are aimed at remedying problems that contributed to systemic issues first identified at the Phoenix VA Medical Center. Among them, it would require VA to –
- get expert assistance to improve its appointment-scheduling system
- publish wait times for appointments for primary and specialty care at each medical center on the Internet
- establish a Commission on Access to Care
- revise the criteria by which pay-performance awards are determined, and
- establish disciplinary procedures for employees who falsify data pertaining to wait times and quality measures

Other provisions would permit the Secretary to remove or demote Senior Executive Service administrators if performance warrants it, subject to a very time-limited right to appeal. It would also authorize VA to enter into 27 pending major medical facility leases that had been in limbo for two years. The bill also includes several provisions unrelated to the scandal. Among those provisions, it would authorize VA to provide counseling and care related to military sexual trauma, without a DoD referral, to both active duty service members and those who suffered sexual trauma while serving on inactive duty training. The bill would also require state schools of higher education to limit tuition costs for GI bill beneficiaries to in-state tuition rates.

WWP hopes to see continued movement in a positive direction to provide our nation’s veterans with the medical care they have both earned and deserve. However, while this is a good step forward, continued diligence is necessary to ensure continued improvements on access to care as well as changes to the culture at VA that allowed this crisis to exist.

Project California 22 City Road Trip
06/12/2014
Project California 22 City Road Trip

Project California 22 City Road Trip

On June 22nd, Operation Wounded Minds begin a 7 Day State Tour Of California taking their PTS Awareness Campaign into 22 Cities throughout Northern and Southern California.

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