Veterans Walking for Science

$2,000 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 16 people in 28 months
Long story short- 3xIraq and 1xAfghanistan Veteran. Severe TBI after a fall/explosions and ? PTSD. My TBI  was so severe I was going to be medically retired from the Army. I started long distance hiking and my cognitive abilities greatly improved and they stopped my retirement paperwork and I deployed to Iraq one last time. Now I am a Neuroscientist (WSU, 2017) and I want to help others with similar issues by understanding how long distance hiking helps alleviate the symptoms of PTSD and TBI. I take Veterans on long distant hikes and monitor how hormones change throughout the hike. The tests are $300 each (one for each Veterans and one for each hormone monitored). Additionally it costs about $2000 to perform the analysis. There is still a lot science and medical personnel do not know about these debilitating disorders and yet people that served their country honorably are given medications that were created for people with schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder, and severe depression to mask the symptoms. Often times, this makes the disorder worse and mentally unhinges the person to the point of suicide or institutionalization. This study is geared to understanding how the body regulates itself by being back in nature and exercising for an extended period of time. Hormone regulation is essential to moods, brain function, and protein synthesis; by showing that these levels change as symptoms are alleviated, new therapies may be developed to treat PTSD and TBI specifically. Thank you so much for any amount you are willing to give.
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Over 10% raised! Thank you to all of my supporters either with encouraging words, fb shares, or donations... it all matters!
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I want to thank everyone that has donated and shared! Every bit adds up! Let us figure out TBI and PTSD together!
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David
7 months ago

What's happening to people with schitzophernia, ptsd is called "Electronic Harassment" "Gangstalking" and "V2k" voice to skull when you guys start doing your research understand that IT IS NOT OUR GOVERNMENT DOING THIS it's a company called "Security Industry Solutions" they specialize in driving people crazy if you goto YouTube and look up "security industry specialist tells all" it will explanation everything. Any question please text me at 702-660-3057

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Raised by 16 people in 28 months
Created March 14, 2017
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$170
Anonymous
13 months ago
EM
$300
Emma McClees
13 months ago
KC
$50
Kim Castelin
13 months ago

Hi Erin, I am a fellow Coug on the Pullman campus who is a returned peace corps volunteer. I think a lot of us return from our experiences with diagnosed PTSD, and I am hopeful that your work might help to enable policies and programs that allow people with these conditions to take medical leave and use insurance to pay for it. I manage my PTSD by trail-running. Trail running, especially for more than 10 miles at a time, is the only thing I have found that resets me mentally and emotionally and I'm impressed with your preliminary research concept.

AC
$150
Alllison Coffin
13 months ago

Erin, you are inspiring! Keep up the great work, and let me know how I can help.

MK
$500
Miles K
16 months ago

What a great idea - treating BI, PTSD etc. without drugs. You go, Coug!!

$200
Anonymous
26 months ago
ML
$50
Margaret Layman
26 months ago

In memory of SSG Chris Newman, Medical Company A, Tripler Army Medical Center KIA Afghanistan 2011

AL
$50
Ashley Lacey
27 months ago
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We need more people like you in this world. Thank you.

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Amber English
27 months ago
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Good job Erin!!! miss you & am so proud to know someone like you.

JW
$20
Julie Wung
27 months ago
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This sounds like an amazing study! There's so much we don't know about TBI and PTSD, despite the fact that so many of our vets are affected. Good luck Erin!

David
7 months ago

What's happening to people with schitzophernia, ptsd is called "Electronic Harassment" "Gangstalking" and "V2k" voice to skull when you guys start doing your research understand that IT IS NOT OUR GOVERNMENT DOING THIS it's a company called "Security Industry Solutions" they specialize in driving people crazy if you goto YouTube and look up "security industry specialist tells all" it will explanation everything. Any question please text me at 702-660-3057

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