Rotarians help support creating hope for veterans with PTSD


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  • Pictured from left to right: Brigadier General Jon Adams (ret.), Project President and CFO Bob Salluzzo, American Legion member Paul Oser, Project COO John Newman, Goshen Rotarian Doris Obremski, Past Commander Orange County American Legion Jerry Oser and Wallkill East Rotarian Nick Constantino.



— Rotarians in the Hudson Valley are working to spread the word about Post Traumatic Stress and sponsored a recent seminar in Goshen informing them about the Research and Recognition project in Middletown, a center which is confidentially treating those afflicted at no cost thanks to a State grant sponsored by state Sen. William J. Larkin Jr.

Post Traumatic Stress is a silent killer affecting veterans returning from combat, first responders such as firefighters, police and EMTs and others who have experienced a trauma. It also affects their families and friends

This treatment is drug-free, is part of a pre-pilot research study of a new experimental treatment for traumatic memories and requires four to six two-hour visits to the Research and Recognition Trauma Center in Middletown.

The anecdotal success rate experienced in a variety of situations until now including after 9/11 has been 75 to 85 percent for remission.

The trend now is validating anecdotal results but the study is needed to determine the validity of those experiences before it can be recommended to the Veterans Administration.

Veteran Jerry Oser, former commander of the Orange County American Legion, participated in the study and related the difference the experience has made in his life after suffering with PTS since 1964. He told of his flashbacks, sweats, involuntary bouts of rage for seemingly no reason that captured his life for decades.

“For every vet,” he said, “their PTS story is different” and the clinic “works with clients and their personal stories.”

District Governor Penny Byron said “we are hopeful that people will hear the message and let their communities know that if they are aware of someone suffering from recurring nightmares and flashbacks related to combat and other traumatic experiences to contact the center at 845-207-5178.”

She continued: “Rotarians are committed to many outreaches including educational activities designed to improve pressing humanitarian challenges and this is one avenue we are engaged in here in the Hudson Valley to help improve the human condition. "

Byron can be contacted at DGpenny7210@gmail.com.

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