When you read stories about veterans struggling to adapt to life again when they come home, do you wish there was something you could do to help them?
Then you may think, "What can I do, though? I'm just... me."
What if you really could do something to help? How would it feel to know that because of a simple act of kindness and generosity on your part, a veteran's life might be saved?
We invite you to watch a video, below, where Dr. Bill Pettit and Dr. Judy Sedgeman introduce you to a vital new project. This project has the potential to get the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to endorse a Three Principles approach to help returning soldiers afflicted with PTSD and related mental health challenges. The VA won't do this without the evidence this project will provide. If we can get the VA on board, Three Principles practitioners across the country would be in a position to help these returning troops and be compensated for it. Take a look.
Any way you look at it, the statistics about our veterans are sobering.
According to the VA, 22 veterans commit suicide every single day. That's one every 65 minutes.
We know that an understanding of the Three Principles can eliminate or reduce post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among returning veterans, because we've seen it happen in program after program. But in order to bring these programs to the veterans who need them and receive funding from the VA, we need to show proof in the form of evidence-based research.
Working with Dr. Bill Pettit and Dr. Judy Sedgeman, Center for Sustainable Change has developed two research programs designed to serve young veterans, veterans with children at home, and the veterans' families: THRIVING vs. Surviving, and a more extensive program, Coming Home to Peace. Participants must be 25 years old or younger, or can be over 25 if there are children in their home. UPDATE: we're expanding the participation requirements in the pilot program so that we can serve a wider spectrum of veterans and their families. "THRIVING vs. Surviving" is now open to U.S. Military veterans (male or female, regardless of age or discharge status) who may be experiencing difficulties adjusting to the challenges of civilian life and would like to regain access to their natural state of resilience and joy.
These efforts will provide the VA and other funders the evidence they need to fund these types of programs, and they will show how understanding the Three Principles addresses PTSD and related mental health problems. Dr. Tom Kelley of Wayne State University has designed the research instruments and will conduct the program assessments. Bill and Judy will facilitate the programs.
We need your help to fund these veterans' programs. This is an opportunity to change people's lives: people who deserve to come home to peace.
We are setting a goal of 500 charitable gifts -- of any amount -- to get these programs off the ground. A strong showing by you, as part of the Three Principles community, will also help us attract leading national foundations to join in this effort.
In total, we will need $500,000 to completely fund Coming Home to Peace, and it starts with the generosity of people like you.
These programs will demonstrate how effective an understanding of Three Principles can be in addressing PTSD, which will open the door to even more people who want to help: perhaps someone like you who has a desire to share these Principles with returning veterans.
Pledge to donate now to help veterans come home to peace.
Be one of the 500 investors who expand the reach of the Principles to more people who need this understanding. You can pledge to donate now by clicking here. Learn more about these programs at www.centerforsustainablechange.org/veterans.
With hope and gratitude,
|Dave Nichols, CSC Executive Director||Oscar Wolters-Duran, Board President|
|William F. Pettit, Jr. MD||Judith Sedgeman, EdD|
|Thomas Kelly, PhD|