In his remarks, General Batiste, spoke of the great challenges facing returning veterans, noting that PTSD affects at least 1 in every 5 soldiers and Marines - 20% returning from Iraq and Afghanistan while overall, statistics indicate that about 18 vets a day commit suicide.
“The VA is great”, he said, “but not equipped to deal with this problem. Community-based programs are the solution”. Stand For The Troops focuses on these solutions. The program provides therapy, housing, transportation, job training and placement. SFTT’s goal is to establish these programs nationally so that all veterans in need are served.
Eilhys England thanked the guests on behalf of SFTT and all of our troops suffering from PTSD. “The success of this event will allow SFTT to concentrate on our PTSD initiative – mobilizing a top medical task force to give seriously traumatized warriors access to the latest PTSD therapies, collaborating with CDS Warrior Salute on a Pilot Treatment Program, and developing a comprehensive national referral resource”.