Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Helping veterans with PTSD in a new way - Full Article and video

by Dee Sarton


Posted on November 7, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Updated yesterday at 5:05 PM

BOISE -- Veterans Day. It is a day to honor those who have served our country in the military. But this year, a new report reveals shocking statistics about our all volunteer force.

From 2005 to 2010, military service members took their own lives at a rate of one every 36 hours. The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates 18 veterans die by suicide every day.

To fight this tragic trend as more troops return home in the coming weeks, screening is being done to check for risk factors like posttraumatic stress disorder. Treatment options are increasing too.

Veterans need to know that research and experience are proving that new methods to treat PTSD are very effective and sometimes unconventional. An equine specialist in eastern Idaho has known that for years. She has been giving her time and her horses to veterans since 2007, discovering with them, the power of healing on horseback.

At Tranquil Valley Sanctuary, near Malad City in eastern Idaho, it is a brand new start for veterans with severe PTSD.

Donna Thibedeau's 21 horses are mostly rescues and that is how she describes the veterans who find their way here, "They fought for us, they gave up their life and their quality of life for us and we need to fight for them when they come home."

Donna is passionate about helping vets like Tyson Hunt who have been completely disabled by PTSD, a debilitating condition most of us cannot begin to understand...

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