The Art Institute of Chicago extended an offer to Creativets to give them three weeks of free, accredited art classes to help veterans work through the issues that still haunt them from war. theCHIVE did a call-out for disabled veterans struggling with PTSD, and we received an overwhelming response. Now, we need to get them to Chicago.
We need to raise $15,000 to send deserving, Chiving veterans to The Art Institute for a chance to change their lives. They signed up. They stepped outside their comfort zone. Whatever it took to get them to this point, the only thing that matters is that they’re here. We’re going to take it the rest of the way.
Wanna know why 22 of us vets are committing sucide a day? About a year ago, the VA enacted the, "Opoid Safety Initiatve." The idea was to wean us veteterans off of out pain meds --- whcih sounds good at first blush. But, the truth is that the VA cut thousands of chronic pain sufferers off; most of us were forced to go cold turkey, after years and years of usage. In place of the meds that many of us require just to lead normal lives, many of us were fed incredibly high dosages of mind numbing anti-depressants. I was told to take Venlafaxine: a dug so hazardous that it comes with a suicide warning. The anti-dpressants do little for the pain, but they keep us quiet... mostly. Meanwhile, the VA quietly moves us from the Chronic Pain Sufferer column into the PTSD column, and the crow loudly about the great success rate of the Opoid Safety Initiative. My left foot is a deformed mass that will never, ever heal. I've BEGGED the VA docs to amputate it, but the refuse . After years of being on the same pain meds I grew tolerant. so, I asked my doctor for somehting stronger. He cut me off, without ever speking to me about any alternatives. I made an appointment with the pain management folks, but my doctor cancled that, again without any sort of explanation as to why. And here's the punchline: my docotr has never even seen my injury; not even once. The most recent x-rays he has are nearly 2 years old. Despitee this, he felt comfortable in cutting off the only meds that have me the dlighttest bit of relief. I've been round and round with the VA, until I've finally given up. I finally stared drinking again, after 30 years of sobriety. My eye doc tells me that I'm going to go blind f I keep this up, but desperate men in des[erate times do desperate things. And that, boys and girls is why 22 of my brothers and sisters die needlessly every day. The VA does not care about us. They just want us to shut up and go away.
Come on chivers. We can do better than this. Our vets deserve better and we can do more than just help 9 of them ! Rally and let's get their bank account full so they can help anyone who is brave enough to say I need help!
Thank you for serving our country and your bravery. I have an anxiety disorder and I get some symptoms similar to PTSD and its quite a difficult battle to overcome but you all will overcome, remember that. Your courage is inspiring, thank you all. ♡