Thursday, December 15, 2011

Texas PTSD Support Program Loses Funding

In this time of great need this is not the time to cut funding for any PTSD program unless there is no one being helped by it. Are they out of their minds? Cutting funds, especially now when even more will come home from combat with PTSD, means more will suffer needlessly.

PTSD Support Program Loses Funding

CBS 7 News
Robert Guaderrama
December 14, 2011

Mildand, Texas - Funding loss prompts an organization to re-strategize its services to help soldiers struggling with a mental condition. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is a mental health condition, triggered by a traumatic event. A Midland organization which has been helping veterans dealing with the condition has lost it's funding, leaving them scrambling to figure out just what to do. They are hoping to continue to provide the same services, despite the cuts.

Permian Basin Community Centers received a state grant last year to fund a PTSD program, though they thought the funding would be renewed, it’s been completely cut.

"For all they do for us everyday, any little bit we can do to help them is hugely important," said Todd Luzadder, Midland Mental Health Director.

P.B. Community Center's has lost $60,000 of state funding for their PTSD support program. The program provides support groups and counseling to veterans, by veterans.
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