Donate at NASBP Regionals to Help Veterans Suffering from Post Traumatic Stress
Thousands of veterans have returned home from serving our country with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). Many struggle to return to everyday life and enjoy the things we take for granted every day. To make matters worse, 22 veterans commit suicide every day due to PTS. At the 2015 NASBP Annual Meeting, NASBP learned about a breakthrough in the treatment of PTS called the Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories (RTM) Protocol, which was developed through the Research & Recognition (R&R) Project. The RTM treatment is administered over a few sessions in a week’s time, is effective over 90% of the time, and does not involve drugs or any painful treatment. Since that 2015 NASBP Meeting, NASBP has been helping fund the studies for this treatment; and, as a result, many more veterans have been able to take control of their lives again after receiving this treatment. This is why NASBP continues to be committed to supporting the R&R Project and with your continued support, we can help ensure the research is completed quickly and thousands of therapists can be trained to make this lifesaving treatment available to all of our veterans. This treatment has made a tremendous impact on veterans’ lives. Learn how by reading the story of one of these veterans here:
Before Receiving the RTM Treatment
Before receiving the RTM treatment, Ric's assessment file described him as follows: He is a Navy Corpsman with a 17-year career. A father of three, he has continued to re-live moments involving death and injury during the 2003 push into Iraq. He had multiple events together and was re-living getting shot as well as harboring guilt over not completing the mission. RTM treatment worked systematically to tease out and treat specific events that were manifesting as a recurrent nightmare that had been happening nightly, 30 times a month. He called the nightmare the Apocalypse and dreams of trying to get to wounded civilians yet he can't get to them. And, once he does get to them in the dream they reject him.
Four traumatic events were identified:
- Getting shot in the wrist and unable to complete the mission
- Witnessing a mother used as a human shield get shot and killed during a firefight and having to treat captured Republican Guard
- Nearly shooting a family coming at him in a van until the father held up a baby
- Falling in a ditch in the pitch dark filled with bloated dead bodies
Client reported experiencing flashbacks three times a month of the moment of impact when shot in the wrist. Through RTM treatment, the client unraveled the worst moments of these life-threatening events that had him tied in knots of guilt, terror, and thinking of himself as a failure. RTM treatment worked to bring forward deleted details that prior to treatment were outside of the client's awareness. By reconsolidation, one event at a time the client was able to release guilt and make distinctions in thinking that he no longer needed to hold on tight, obsess, and continue to terrorize himself with what he did or did not do.
RTM treatment worked with each event and showed him where he was getting stuck and associating into worst moments as if they were still happening. After working with the "getting shot" event, client said it was like a distant memory. Even though "I didn't finish the mission, I now recognize it wasn't my last," he said. Post treatment the recurrent nightmare stopped. Flashbacks of a white flash when he was shot as well as flashbacks of the faces of terrorized children and parents, ceased, also. For the past ten years he had been sleeping 3-4 hours only. Now he reported sleeping peacefully through the night.
After Receiving the RTM Treatment
Post treatment, Ric's recurrent nightmare stopped, and he reported that he continued to sleep peacefully through the night. "I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to complete the RTM treatment. My sleep pattern has improved significantly, and my nightmares and flashbacks have subsided. I feel more optimistic with my future, and I look forward to continued improvement within myself. I will highly encourage my fellow veterans, first responders, and all PTS patients to give RTM treatment a try and see the benefits they may gain."
The NASBP Regional meetings will offer the NASBP membership another opportunity to help support the R&R Project. In 2015 NASBP raised approximately $130,000. Since this year's NASBP Annual meeting, NASBP has raised an additional $170,000 in cash and commitments towards our goal. To make a significant impact, the NASBP leadership has set an aggressive goal of raising $750,000. An initiative this big will take the combined efforts of Members, Affiliates, and Associates and many others. The NASBP Leadership believes that our NASBP family can achieve this important goal by the 2018 NASBP Annual Meeting, when this campaign concludes.
How You Can Help
This effort has been accomplished without funding or assistance from the Veterans Administration and without federal monies. Make a donation in support of the Research & Recognition Project. For additional information about the project, read Dr. Frank Bourke's article published in the Winter 2017 issue of Exceptional Parent the Magazine or visit the Research & Recognition Project website. Be on the lookout for further information and other materials at the NASBP Regional Meetings that the NASBP membership can share with their staff.