ABOUT

Airing on Veteran’s Day Weekend

Sunday Nov 10th, 2013

7-11 pm EST on the

Hosted by Alan Alda & Joe Mantegna

 
 

In 2012, Haven From the Storm, a 501(c) (3) registered public charity, was established to support veterans, aid in their recovery, and provide assistance for their re-entry back into productive society.  Haven’s mission is to raise funds to support charities that benefit returning service men and women, especially those who suffer the effects of post-traumatic stress injury and traumatic brain injury.  Haven from the Storm’s central project is Homeward Bound, a national fundraising telethon to premier on the Military Channel on November 10, 2013 to raise funds and awareness for PTS and TBI.


Funds raised through the telethon will be allocated in the following ways:  to organizations providing direct services to veterans suffering from PTS and TBI, to organizations providing education and raising awareness, and to organizations engaged in scientific and medical research in the field of PTS AND TBI. 


 

WHAT IS PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is an anxiety condition that follows the occurrence of a traumatic event, such as a natural disaster, combat, sexual assault, domestic violence, or any type of life-threatening event. PTSD was previously referred to as battle fatigue or shell shock. An incident that has a profound, stressful effect on an individual can trigger the disorder. It can occur at any age, affecting children as well as adult men and women. Very often, when a person is afflicted with PTSD, other conditions may also arise, such as Depression, alcohol addiction and substance abuse. Medical conditions may occur as well, due to the fact that the body is being subjected to a great deal of stress and anxiety.


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WHAT IS TBI

Traumatic brain injuries can result in bruised brain tissue, bleeding inside the brain, large or small lacerations in the brain, and nerve damage due to shearing forces. The brain can also experience a number of secondary types of damage, like swelling, fever, seizures, or an imbalance of neurological chemicals. A traumatic brain injury may either be a penetrating injury or a closed head injury.

Penetrating head injuries occur when an object, like shrapnel, enters the brain and causes damage in a specific area.

Closed head injuries occur when there's a blow to the head, which can happen during a fall, car accident, sporting event, or any number of different ways.


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