Did you know…
Although years of data released from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) indicated that 22 veterans a day commit suicide, their latest analyzation of 2014 data indicates that the number is closer to 20.24 per day. (Source: Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Suicide Prevention, Suicide Among Veterans and Other Americans 2001-2014, July 2016)
30% of veterans who committed suicide had used Veterans Health Administration (VHA) services in the calendar year preceding their death.
Military veterans are 22% more likely to commit suicide compared to civilian adults in the United States. (Source: Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Suicide Prevention, Suicide Among Veterans and Other Americans 2001-2014, July 2016)
A greater number of police officers and firefighters commit suicide than are killed in the line of duty. (Source: The Ruderman White Paper on Mental Health and Suicide of First Responders, April 2018)
- In 2017, 140 police officers committed suicide, compared to 129 who died in the line of duty.
- In 2017, 103 firefighters committed suicide, compared to 93 who died in the line of duty.
Post-Tramatic Stress is not a Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health problem that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a traumatic event. A traumatic event is a life-threatening event, such as military combat, natural disasters, critical incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adulthood or childhood. Signs and symptoms of PTSD include:
Upsetting memories or “flashbacks”
Outbursts of anger or irritability
Quick startle response
Intense feelings of fear
Intense feelings of helplessness
Avoiding situations that will trigger memories of the traumatic event
Feeling emotionally numb
Isolation from others
(Source: VA National Center for PTSD, February 2010)
Not all wounds are visible. First, know that you are not alone. There is hope for individuals suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. More information on effective, user-friendly treatments is below.
The VDK Protocol is notable because it causes little discomfort to the client and can be administered in any normal quiet room by Masters level counselors after a four-day certification training, with two post treatments and a certification call at two weeks. It does not involve drugs or costly equipment and is a relatively quick therapy. It’s administered by Masters level counselors, or by a practitioner legally allowable by the laws of the state they are working.
In clinical trials VDK removed the nightmare and flashback symptoms of PTS in less than half the time of current therapies, often in less than two or three sessions. VDK administered shortly after veterans return home can remove the symptoms and stop the PTS Syndrome from developing. The results to date are phenomenal – a ninety percent remission of PTS diagnosis and clinical symptoms.
VDK begins by questioning the client until he or she responds physiologically. Typically, this includes changes in breathing, heart rate and vocal pitch. The response is only allowed to continue until the physiology changes. It is stopped before re-traumatization can occur. As soon as this state is identified, the dissociation begins by asking the client to imagine he or she is in a movie theater. On the screen is a still image of the client performing some neutral activity in a safe context, at a time before the trauma occurred. Then, he or she is asked to imagine floating away from his or her body in the theater to a projection booth. From this vantage point, he or she is instructed to watch him or herself in the theater, watching themselves on the screen.
After establishing these three levels of dissociation, the client is instructed to watch a black and white picture of themselves on the screen of the movie theater at a time before the traumatic event. As he focuses on the imagined picture, he is directed to watch himself in the theater as he watches a black and white movie of the traumatic event. He watches himself in the theater watching the event until a safe time after the trauma has fully passed. This process is repeated until watching the entire movie can be done without any observable discomfort. When he can watch the movie comfortably, he is asked to step into it and experience the entire sequence, fully associated, in color, in reverse and at very high speed. When the trauma can be talked about with no discomfort, the intervention is presumed to have worked.
Transitioning out of the Military
Talk about a leap of Faith
If you are one of the 20,000 transitioning out of military service every month, you are in a high-risk group adding to the stress of dealing with trauma or negative emotions that you experienced while in these roles. Many who choose service careers, such as the military, lose their identity and feel lost and isolated when they retire or leave service. Their purpose seems stripped away to them. The transitioning veteran finds themselves isolated and in an environment where they are disconnected from their peers and misunderstood. The first 18 months out of service is the highest risk group for veteran suicide.
In 2012, Prudential surveyed veterans Veteran’s Employment Challenges. A Survey by Prudential – NJISJ ) to understand better veterans’ experiences and perceptions around finding civilian careers after transitioning out of service. Sadly, the survey revealed that 64% of veterans reported having difficulty transitioning from military service to civilian life. A few of the greatest challenges of transitioning to civilian life were figuring out what was next, relating to non-veteran civilians, and readjusting to social life. These challenges also apply to our first responders who are retiring or leaving their profession.
The struggle some are experiencing may not be PTSD related but may result from transitioning out of a service career. Isolation, depression, feelings of helplessness can result from this transition. Do not be afraid to ask for help. firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a plan! I’m pretty sure your Senior Chief, Chief Master Sergeant or Sergeants Major echoed that unmercifully, it’s a legitimate concern. Reach out to us, let us help manage your emotions, and trauma, you’ll be better equiped to move forward. No Fear!
RESILIANCY COACHING IMPACT
I wanted to share with the group. I’m working with a veteran that has been suffering greatly with PTSD-homeless a few times, unemployed, etc. We had one session and cleared anger using the Emotions Management Process (EMP) only. He came in for the next session and told me he had had the “best 4 days in 2 decades!” Now on to the Trauma Resiliency Protocol (TRP).
Angela Michels, LMHC in Fort Walton Beach, FL. (904) 557-8618 - email@example.com
My best friend died in my arms in the jungles of Vietnam in 1969; we were infantrymen. I have lived with grief and trauma every day since then. I spent a little time with Dan Jarvis, and he helped me reframe my grief over the death of my buddy in about 10 minutes. I let it go using the Emotions Management Process (EMP), then we cleared three traumas in a single 45-minute session using the Trauma Resiliency Protocol (TRP), my sleep is back to normal, and my triggers are gone. This is life-changing. Thanks, Dan and 22ZERO!
I've never felt so light, if that makes sense. It's like my trauma from the past is a book I read, not me.
I came to Jesse (Board Member of 22Zero) because I was absolutely paralyzed with fear due to PTS from a traumatic childhood. My relationships were near non-existent, I barely left my house, and the coaching business I'd been trying to get off the ground was going nowhere. My anxiety was constant, and I felt easily overwhelmed; just thinking about going outside of my comfort zone triggered an anxiety attack. I felt like I was running while tied to a tree, desperate to move forward but was being held back by my past. In my TRP session with Jesse, he explained to me what he did, how the session would go, and what I could expect afterwards; he was confident and knowledgeable while also being understanding and kind as he took me through the process. I had many traumatic events throughout my childhood that on a scale of 0 - 10 were mostly 10's where 10 is extreme fear/anxiety, and by the end of our 90-minute session, all of these 10's were set to 0. My paralyzing anxiety shifted to empowerment in just one 90-minute session with Jesse. I've never felt more confident and full of joy than I have right now. I've been told that I look like I'm glowing and that my energy feels 40 lbs. lighter. The thought of going outside of my comfort zone now lights me up and excites me, and I'm easily able to take action that I never would have before. I'm not terrified of the world anymore and I'm no longer tied to that tree. Working with Jesse gave me my life back and I can't wait to see where it goes now that I'm free. If you're not sure this method is for you, I implore you to suspend doubt and give yourself this gift, you won't regret it.
I am a 28 yr veteran of law enforcement. I had no idea all the events I experienced during my career had such an impact on me, until I retired.
Once retired, my brain got to slow down a bit and I started recalling various events that caused me to feel anxious, insecure, on edge. But not on edge as in anger, but rather more of a fight or flight feeling, on guard, protective. I wasn't sleeping well and there was a heaviness. That's kind of hard to explain, but it was that, or maybe a darkness? I met with Dr. Janell Royster with 22Zero and we began talking. Not only was she a pleasure to speak with, but she is patient took me through the process. I didn't need to talk about specifics and rehash triggers. We worked through the process and it was empowering, relieving and tiring. I felt good by the end of our session, but tired. That night, I slept through without waking. That was the first time in a very long time that I slept a restful night's sleep and without waking up in the middle. Today, it's pouring but it's a brighter day. I feel lighter and clearer. I know I'm on the right track and know Dr. Royster, Dan Jarvis and everyone at 22Zero is there for me and others who have served our communities and our country.
My Name is Julie Walker and I am a counsellor in Australia. As the mother of a Veteran my goal is to help as many Veterans as I possibly can. Many of the Veterans I see are under the age of thirty and are living with debilitating PTSD. The suicide rate for Veterans in Australia is ridiculously high. I am constantly researching, looking for ways to help the young people I see so together with my husband we developed an Equine Acceptance Therapy Program for Veterans and First Responders.
I stumbled across a post by Dan Jarvis at 22Zero about eliminating the symptoms of PTSD called Tactical Resiliency. I emailed Dan immediately but since I am in Australia and Dan is in America, I was expecting to wait a while before I received a response. Dan emailed me back instantly. After introducing myself to Dan and expressing my interest in learning more about the process Dan advised me there was a training session for counsellors coming up within the next week. I joined there and then. During training every participant had the opportunity to personally experience the TRAUMA RESILIENCY-PROTOCOL and the EMOTIONS MANAGEMENT PROCESS. This was amazing. I don’t know what I expected but I was so surprised when looking back at previous trauma I was no longer triggered. The first person I ran the process on was my husband. His response was amazing. I started running through the process with clients who I have a great rapport and trust with. Again, fantastic results. I now discuss this process with every client I see and give them the opportunity to participate when they are ready. Most clients can not wait. This has extended to First Responders, Cancer Survivors and clients with limited belief, self-esteem, abandonment and guilt issues. At present I am the only person in Australia trained in delivering the Tactical Resiliency Process and I am so proud that, TOGETHER WE ARE CONTRIBUTING TO A PURPOSE AND RESTORING THE LIVES OF AUSTRALIA’S AND AMERICA’S SONS AND DAUGHTERS THAT PUT A UNIFORM ON FOR A PURPOSE MUCH BIGGER THAN SELF.