The 2nd Annual Warriors’ Ball

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The Warrior’s Ball – Friday April 24, 2015 – 7pm
Knights of Columbus, 507 Shippan Avenue, Stamford Ct
WB--Soldier-Art
Dinner Dance
featuring
Billy & The Showmen
To Benefit Stand For The Troops’ PTS Rescue Coalition, An initiative that funds effective treatment programs for at risk Soldiers and Veterans struggling the with the effects of Post Traumatic Stress & Traumatic Brain Injury.
Auction/Raffle
Tickets $75 per person
$140 per couple (any two will do!)
Includes Dinner by Michael Powers Catering, Beer, Wine & Soda


Please choose



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SFTT and PTS

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For several months SFTT, its medical task force and its Board have been thoroughly analyzing the battlefield of brave warriors suffering from Post Traumatic Stress and examining the resources and procedures currently available to treat this crippling disability. We have purposely dropped the “D” from PTSD since most scientific research indicates that PTS is far more serious than simply a “disorder”.

There are countless stories of brave young men and women suffering from PTS, some of which have been chronicled in SFTT. The social consequences of this growing problem are enormous and, sadly, there is no magic bullet on the horizon to deal with this problem in the numbers required to stem its insidious growth. Substance and alcohol abuse, joblessness, homelessness, alienation, low self-esteem and even suicide are just a few of the manifestations of PTS faced by returning veterans and their loved ones.

Sadly, the VA has been unable to stem the near epidemic growth of veterans suffering from the conditions of PTS and TBI (“traumatic brain injury”). Fortunately, a number of public and private institutions have emerged which are beginning to address some of the necessary conditions that must be in place to provide a lifeline to our veterans and promote a path to “wellness.”

Over the next couple of weeks, SFTT will be sharing some of these “new” treatment procedures and existing programs where our brave Veterans can receive the treatment they merit. Our ultimate objective to share these resources with Veterans and their loved-ones by re-positioning SFTT to become the go-to resource for those afflicted by PTS.

There is much information on PTS available to Veterans, but it is hard to identify actionable resources that have proven to be reliable to Veterans. SFTT – with the support of its medical task force – intends to become that “do-to” resource by partnering with other organizations that have the same goal: Help our brave Veterans reclaim their lives.

Join SFTT by becoming a Member and help provide our brave Veterans the Lifeline they deserve.

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PTSD Treatments

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As the VA struggles to deal with the overwhelming number of cases of Veterans suffering from PTS, new approaches are beginning to manifest themselves.  From Equine therapy to Transcendental Meditation, no approach is being dismissed lightly given the clear evidence that prescription drugs have not proven to be successful in providing a long term cure.

SFTT is thrilled to count on the assistance of Yuval Neria (see below) is a Special Advisor to SFTT’s Medical Task Force.    We welcome his active collaboration.

Yuval Neria

Medical Center (CUMC Director of Trauma and PTSD Program, and a Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) …

While SFTT often focuses on the men and women suffering from PTS, it is clear that their spouses, children and immediate families are not immune to the terrible side-effects.

Study: PTSD affects veterans’ spouses, too – ksl.com

PTSD generic paxil 20 mg tablet affects veterans’ spouses, tooksl.comResearchers have know for some time that PTSD places relationships at risk, but this new research raises red flags for health risks for a spouse or partner. “It’s having an effect beyond the vet …

Military May Be Turning to Meditation for PTSD – PsychCentral.com

Military May Be Turning to Meditation for PTSD.  Military May Be Turning to Meditation for PTSD With its emphasis on developing tranquility, meditation may seem an odd fit for the military. But recent studies have shown that mindfulness …

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PTS is much better than PTSD

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As psychiatrist Dr. Jonathan Shay says below “I really don’t like the term ‘PTSD.”   SFTT doesn’t like the term either and internally we prefer “PTS” or Post Traumatic Stress.  Clearly, there is a stigma attached to the term “disorder” but it also suggests – erroneously – that this debilitating problem of great personal and social significance is simply a “disorder” that can be medicated or treated and that the individual afflicted with PTS will soon

lead a normal and healthy life.

VA studies suggest (see below) that there is no “silver bullet” and as SFTT’s Medical Advisory Board has recommended, one needs to experiment with a number of treatment modalities to determine which one(s) are best suited for a Vet’s particular situation.   Certainly, it is more than medication and may involve extended job retraining and the acquisition of other practical life-skills to help returning vets on the path to a richer life.  Just because there is no easy solution, doesn’t mean that we need to turn our backs on these brave heroes.

Public Insight Network | Beyond PTSD to “moral injury”

“I really don’t like the term ‘PTSD,’” Department of Veterans Affairs psychiatrist Dr. Jonathan Shay told PBS’ “Religion & Ethics Newsweekly” in 2010. “He says the diagnostic definition of “post-traumatic stress disorder” is a fine 

PTSD: The Futile Search for the “Quick Fix” | Guest Blog, Scientific

Short-term TFTs are regularly prescribed by the VA, and yet, VA studies indicate that the majority of veterans treated for PTSD are still in treatment four years later (see Fig. 2). The military and VA want a quick fix, but that’s not

The Truth About PTSD and America’s Military Veterans | Video

There are few people who inspire more respect and admiration than our brave servicemen and women — those willing to selflessly serve their country and at times, even face death for the sake of others. While it is always a

Families: Vets’ PTSD ‘like living in hell’ – NavyTimes.com

Families: Vets’ PTSD ‘like living in hell’NavyTimes.comUntil the day she wrestled a gun from the mouth of her drunken husband, the 37-year-old wife of a Tennessee Army National Guard sergeant thought she was holding it together. But then the flashbac …

If you want to help, please consider becoming a Member of SFTT and add your voice to a growing chorus of concerned citizens.  Our brave warriors need more than lip service.

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Henry Grayson: Alternative Approach to Treating PTSD

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In a revolutionary but very down-to-earth book entitled Use Your Mind to Heal Your Body, Dr. Henry Grayson, the founder of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York City, provides a “recipe” for wellness that focuses on practical concepts and techniques for using one’s mind to relieve stress, tension and, even cure disease.

Daniel J. Benor, MD, author of Seven Minutes to Natural Pain Relief writes:

“In this book, Dr. Grayson presents a radical view of health and healing based on an equally radical world view that we are all intrinsically connected rather than separate and that our belief in our separateness is a causal source of emotional and physical illness. Positing the body as the recipient of our beliefs, he shows that reading and responding to the body is a reliable path to emotional and physical healing. This is a challenging read with practical help for all willing to explore beyond the borders of traditional beliefs.”

Dr. Grayson is co-chairman of SFTT’s Medical Task Force and has provided several day-long training programs to care-givers and clinical psychologists  dealing with veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress (“PTS”).  SFTT and others have reported at length that medication alone is not sufficient to deal with a problem that is approaching epidemic proportions.  OxyContin may have been the drug of choice for the VA, but it had serious consequences for veterans where the issues run far deeper that masking the symptoms with over medication.   In fact, Dr. Grayson points out the added complications of prescribing anti-depressants.

Dr. Grayson was a Protestant minister before receiving his Ph.D. in psychology from Boston University and post-doctoral certification in psychoanalysis from the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health. In working with troubled veterans, it has become abundantly clear that there is no “silver bullet” or single therapy to treat veterans suffering the effects of repetitive deployments on hostile battlefields. While Use Your Mind to Heal Your Body is applicable to help people of all walks of life cope with depression and serious ailments, it also provides a blueprint of how alternative treatments applied in a constructive manner can help address some of the problems faced by returning veterans.

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