Veterans Day Mon Nov 11, 2019
National Veterans and Military Families Month – Nov 2018
National Veterans and Military Families Month November 2019
November is National Veterans and Military Families Month.
In November, we pause to honor those who served our Nation in uniform. They are our mothers and fathers, our brothers and sisters, our children, and our neighbors. Remembering their service is one small way of repaying the debt we owe our Veterans.
“During National Veterans and Military Families Month, we honor and express our deep appreciation for these brave men and women and their families… I encourage all communities, all sectors of society, and all Americans to acknowledge and honor the service, sacrifices, and contributions of veterans and military families for what they have done and for what they do every day to support our great Nation. ”
Veterans – THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE!
History of Veterans Day
Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919 – which was the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.
- Veterans Day occurs on November 11 every year in the United States in honor of the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918 that signaled the end of World War I, known as Armistice Day.
- In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
- In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President Gerald Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11, due to the important historical significance of the date.
- Veterans Day commemorates veterans of all wars.
- Great Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World War I and World War II on or near November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November).
- In Europe, Great Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.
- Every Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day, Arlington National Cemetery holds an annual memorial service. The cemetery is home to the graves of over 400,000 people, most of whom served in the military.
Veterans – THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE!
Veterans and PTSD: Hypervigilance, Changes in Physical and Emotional Reactions
Changes in physical and emotional reactions (also called arousal symptoms) may include:
• Hypervigilance (on constant “red alert”)
• Being easily startled or frightened
• Always being on guard for danger
• Self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much or driving too fast
• Trouble sleeping
• Trouble concentrating
• Irritability, angry outbursts or aggressive behavior
• Overwhelming guilt or shame
PTSD + Substance or Alcohol Abuse = Dual Diagnosis
Dual diagnosis refers to a mental disorder (PTSD, anxiety, depression, etc) existing at the same time with substance abuse or alcohol abuse.
PTSD is an established risk factor for developing a substance abuse disorder. Many individuals with severe, mild, or even sub-clinical mental disorders may use drugs as a form of self-medication to alleviate the unpleasant symptoms of the mental disorder.
When an individual develops a mental illness, associated changes in brain activity increase the vulnerability for substance and alcohol abuse. Mental illness (including anxiety and PTSD) causes changes in the brain that enhance the rewarding effects of drugs and alcohol. In addition, awareness of the negative effects are reduced.
Although some drugs may temporarily reduce symptoms of a mental illness, substance abuse ultimately makes mental disorder symptoms worse.
PTSD and Military Veterans
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sometimes known as shell shock or combat stress, occurs after experiencing severe trauma or a life-threatening event. It’s normal for the mind and body to be in shock after experiencing a trauma. But this normal response becomes PTSD when your nervous system gets “stuck.”
Your nervous system has two automatic or reflexive ways of responding to stressful events:
Mobilization, or fight-or-flight, occurs when you need to defend yourself or survive the danger of a combat situation. Your heart pounds faster, your blood pressure rises, and your muscles tighten, increasing your strength and reaction speed. Once the danger has passed, your nervous system calms your body, lowering your heart rate and blood pressure, and winding back down to its normal balance.
Immobilization occurs when you’ve experienced too much stress in a situation and even though the danger has passed, you find yourself “stuck.” Your nervous system is unable to return to its normal state of balance and you’re unable to move on from the event. This is PTSD.
Recovering from PTSD involves transitioning out of the mental and emotional war zone you’re still living in and helping your nervous system become “unstuck.”
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