House Resolution 15 - Introduced HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 15 BY SALMON , GUSTAFSON , KURTH , M. SMITH , BROWN-POWERS , KACENA , OURTH , BRECKENRIDGE , LUNDGREN , SORENSEN , THOMPSON , HITE , BENNETT , JENEARY , GAINES , A. MEYER , McCONKEY , and JACOBSEN A Resolution designating the twenty-seventh day of June 1 as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day and 2 the month of June as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury 3 Awareness Month. 4 WHEREAS, all citizens of the United States possess 5 the basic human right to life, liberty, and the pursuit 6 of happiness; and 7 WHEREAS, the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit 8 of happiness includes the opportunity for citizens to 9 enjoy physical, mental, and emotional well-being; and 10 WHEREAS, the diagnosis known as post-traumatic 11 stress disorder was first defined by the American 12 Psychiatric Association in 1980 to more accurately 13 understand and treat veterans who had endured severe 14 operational combat stress; and 15 WHEREAS, invisible wounds have historically been 16 unjustly portrayed as a mental illness caused by a 17 preexisting flaw of character or ability, and the word 18 “disorder” carries a stigma that perpetuates this 19 misconception which can discourage the injured from 20 seeking proper and timely medical treatment; and 21 WHEREAS, continuing to refer to invisible wounds as 22 a disorder perpetuates the stigma of and bias against 23 mental illness; and 24 WHEREAS, it has been shown through electro-magnetic 25 -1- LSB 2739YH (8) 88 mo/rn 1/ 3
H.R. 15 imaging that the invisible wound is more accurately 1 described as an injury to the brain which can develop 2 into a disorder; and 3 WHEREAS, severe post-traumatic stress injury is a 4 disabling wound to the brain which can occur following 5 exposure to extremely traumatic events such as, but 6 not exclusive to, interpersonal violence, combat, 7 life-threatening accidents, or natural disasters; and 8 WHEREAS, referring to the condition as 9 post-traumatic stress injury is less stigmatizing 10 and viewed as more honorable, and this designation 11 can favorably influence those affected and encourage 12 them to seek treatment without fear of retribution or 13 shame; and 14 WHEREAS, all citizens suffering post-traumatic 15 stress injuries deserve our compassion and 16 consideration and those brave men and women of the 17 United States Armed Forces who have received these 18 wounds in operational action against an enemy of the 19 United States further deserve our special tribute and 20 acknowledgment; and 21 WHEREAS, post-traumatic stress injury is a disabling 22 yet reversible wound that is treatable, and timely 23 treatment can diminish complications and prevent 24 suicides among the injured; NOW THEREFORE, 25 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 26 That the Iowa House of Representatives designates the 27 twenty-seventh day of June each year as Post-Traumatic 28 Stress Injury Awareness Day; and 29 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Iowa House of 30 -2- LSB 2739YH (8) 88 mo/rn 2/ 3
H.R. 15 Representatives designates the month of June as 1 Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month; and 2 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Iowa House of 3 Representatives urges the Iowa Department of Public 4 Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs to 5 continue working to educate victims of interpersonal 6 violence, combat, life-threatening accidents, or 7 natural disasters and their families, as well as 8 the general public, about the causes, symptoms, and 9 treatment of post-traumatic stress injuries; and 10 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this 11 Resolution be transmitted to Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds 12 for appropriate proclamation and execution and to 13 Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate for appropriate 14 publication and preservation. 15 -3- LSB 2739YH (8) 88 mo/rn 3/ 3