130th Ohio General Assembly
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S. C. R. No. 16  As Adopted by the Senate
As Adopted by the Senate

129th General Assembly
Regular Session
2011-2012
S. C. R. No. 16


Senator Burke 

Cosponsors: Senators Beagle, Brown, Patton, Schaffer, Wagoner, Balderson, Cafaro, Coley, Eklund, Faber, Gentile, Hite, Hughes, Jones, Kearney, Lehner, Manning, Niehaus, Obhof, Oelslager, Peterson, Sawyer, Schiavoni, Seitz, Skindell, Tavares, Turner, Widener 



A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
To urge Congress to support the provision of efficient and comprehensive mental health treatment to combat military personnel and combat veterans who are suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other combat-related stress disorders.


BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF OHIO
(THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING):


       WHEREAS, The most common mental health problems faced by returning troops are Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and other combat-related stress disorders; and

       WHEREAS, The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are the longest combat operations since Vietnam, and the stress of being in a war zone combined with the stress of being away from home for long periods of time can increase the chance of having PTSD or other mental health problems; and

       WHEREAS, In 2009, more than 330 members of the United States Armed Forces nationwide committed suicide, and it is estimated that for every death, at least five members of the United States Armed Forces were hospitalized for attempting to take their own lives; and

       WHEREAS, The United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, and many other entities are working to identify and address the issues of combat veterans and combat military personnel suffering from PTSD and other combat-related stress disorders; and

       WHEREAS, The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has established the National Center for PTSD as a center of excellence for research and education on the prevention, understanding, and treatment of PTSD; and

       WHEREAS, The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has a PTSD program at each of Ohio's VA Medical Centers; and

       WHEREAS, Mental trauma is not as easily identifiable as the physical trauma suffered by combat military personnel and combat veterans, and may require additional resources to identify and treat; and

       WHEREAS, While support and treatment programs are available to combat veterans and combat military personnel suffering from PTSD or other combat-related stress disorders, there are many service members who are still not receiving sufficient treatment; and

       WHEREAS, The service members who willingly sacrifice their safety for the freedom of all Americans deserve to have access to all the resources and support services necessary for them to reintegrate into society; now therefore be it

       RESOLVED, That we, the members of the 129th General Assembly of the State of Ohio, urge the Congress of the United States to support the provision of efficient and comprehensive mental health treatment to combat military personnel and combat veterans who are suffering from PTSD and other combat-related stress disorders; and be it further

       RESOLVED, That the Clerk of the Senate transmit duly authenticated copies of this resolution to the President of the United States, to the Speaker and the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives, to the President Pro Tempore and the Secretary of the United States Senate, to the members of the Ohio Congressional delegation, and to the news media of Ohio.

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