I believe we can do better as a Nation in caring for our combat Veterans suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and the many interrelated and complex Polytrama injuries/wounds.
And, that this is key in combating the current Veteran suicide epidemic. Consider by contrast the upcoming movie “Concussion” starring Will Smith highlighting the very serious issue in the NFL with chronic and repetitive concussions, and subsequent Encephalopathy (CTE). In 2012/13 Congress mandated that, “The NFL has reached a tentative $765 million settlement over concussion-related brain injuries among its 18,000 retired players, agreeing to compensate victims, pay for medical exams and underwrite research.” This compensation reaches as much as a $5 Million payout to a former player diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
According to a 2012 VA study, the average cost per soldier treated for TBI/PTSD was $14,000, and that is in no way in the form of, “COMPENSATION” for his/her sacrifice to the Nation. WE AREN’T LOOKING FOR COMPENSATION – SIMPLY A MUCH GREATER LEVEL OF ATTENTION AND CARE FOR THESE DEVASTATING ISSUES. I plan on delivering his message personally up the Potomac River to the steps of Washington, DC during Operation Stand Up America!
*****Operation ‘Stand Up America’ launches from Corpus Christie, TX on March 1, 2016! This 3,500 mile Guinness World Record journey will take us East and South along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico to Key West, FL, and then North along the Eastern seaboard finishing at the Statue of Liberty, New York City Harbor!
We will make 13 Rally Point stops during the journey to raise awareness for Veteran Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). These two conditions must be treated successfully in order to curtail the Veteran suicide epidemic plaguing our nation.
D Day – 1 March 2016 – Corpus Christi, TX
D +9 Galveston, TX
D +22 New Orleans, LA
D +31 Fort Walton Beach (Eglin AFB), FL
D +45 Tampa/MacDill AFB, FL (Turtlecrawl Point)
D +57 Key West, FL
D +68 Cocoa Beach, FL
D +79 Savannah/Tybee Island, GA
D +85 Charleston, SC
D +94 Jacksonville/Camp Lejeune, NC
D +103 VA Beach/Dam Neck Naval Base, VA
D +112 Washington DC/Arlington, VA
D +123 Philadelphia, PA
D +133 Statue of Liberty, NYC