Property Tax Credit for Deployed Guard
Provides a 40% tax credit for guard members if deployed.
Book of Veterans Serving in Area of Conflict
A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 37-01-45 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the book of veterans.
- A book of record of all ND veterans who served in an area of conflict.
- Changed from "for publish" to made available to public.
- Changed from "Book" to "Record" and as deemed fit by the adjutant general.
PTSD Service Dogs
Origination of bill: Senator Sorvaag, Ronald
- Provide $50,000 to ND Department of Veterans Affairs for training service dogs to assist ND Veterans with PTSD
- Payment made by NDDVA only after completion of service dog's training
- Payment may not exceed $12,500 per service dog
- Legislative management shall consider studying statutory changes to benefit ND veterans; state income taxes, property taxes, veteran-focused incentives, assistance obtaining benefits, assistance obtaining life enhancing services, and current state and federal benefits available to ND veterans.
- NDDVA shall provide a report to legislative management during interim: status of service dog training program, benefits to veterans, number applicants, and number of service dogs provided.
- Appropriations: $50,000
County Veterans' Service Officers Accreditation Requirement
A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 37-14-18 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to county veterans' service officers.
- Removes requirement for County Veteran Service Officer's to be accredited with "National Association of County Veteran Service Officers"
- Adds requirement for County Veteran Service Officer's to be accredited with any veteran service organization recognized by the US Department of Veterans Affairs
House GVA amendment
- Changes requirement for County Veteran Service Officers to be accredited with "any" veteran service organization to being accredited with North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs
Added content of failed bill HB 1205 with amendments and lower fiscal note
- provides qualified dependents of 90% disabled ND Veterans with 90% tuition waiver at ND institutions of higher education
- fiscal note: $350,000 (not general fund dollars)
House Appropriations action:
- Recommend Do NOT pass on education and accreditation
Relating to Tax Credits and Benefits Paid by Employers
A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new section to chapter 57-38 and a new subdivision to subsection 7 of section 57-38-30.3 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to an income tax credit for an employer maintaining payment of salary and related retirement plan contributions for an employee called to active military duty as a member of a reserve or national guard component; and to provide an effective date.
Administrative Committee on Veterans' Affairs Members
A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 37-18.1-01 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the membership of the administrative committee on veterans' affairs.
- The 63rd Legislative Assembly designates May 1 as "Cold War Victory Day"
- The Secretary of State shall forward enrolled copies of this resolution to the ND Governor, American Legion, VFW, AMVETS, DAV, VVA
- Fiscal note: $0
- 63rd Legislative Assembly opposes current form of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty and any treaty that infringes on the individual or collective right to keep and bear arms, in the strongest and most unequivocal terms;
- As duly elected representatives of the will of the people of ND strongly urge the President of the US, the US Secretary of State, the Ambassador of the US to the United Nations, and all members of the US Senate to soundly reject the current form of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty or any other treaty which would endanger the individual or collective right to keep and bear arms;
- The Secretary of State of ND shall forward properly inscribed copies of this resolution to the President of the US, the President of the US Senate, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, the US Secretary of State, the Ambassador of the US to the United Nations, each member of the US Senate, the Governor of each state, the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate of each state's legislature, and each member of the ND Congressional Delegation.
- Fiscal note: $0
Congress to Adopt Veterans Remembered Flag
A concurrent resolution urging Congress and the President to adopt a veterans remembered flag.
Legislative Council Studies
A concurrent resolution directing the Legislative Council to study the adequacy of governmental services, including judicial services, to respond to issues related to an aging population, including veterans, and to study the efficacy of statutes governing public administrator services and methods for the timely and effective delivery of guardianship services.
Study Services to Aging Population and Veterans
Study state human services and guardianships for aging population including veterans.
Peace in Iraq and Afghanistan
ND House and Senate to urge President of US to pursue peace in Iraq and Afghanistan and disengage American combat forces.
A document produced annually by each of the four Research and Development Services, provides brief lay language summaries of important current impacts from research studies.
What is PTSD?
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a disorder which causes disabling anxiety after a dangerous event, such as being in combat or a traffic accident. Individuals with PTSD cannot stop thinking about the event. They may relive the experience over and over in flashbacks or nightmares. The high level of anxiety of PTSD can lead to associated problems like panic attacks, depression, alcoholism and substance abuse.
PTSD affects 7.7 million adults, but it can affect children and the elderly. Not everyone who experiences a traumatic event will develop PTSD. Sometimes someone whose loved one lived through a dangerous event will get PTSD.
How is PTSD diagnosed? Physicians group the symptoms into three categories:
- Re-experiencing symptoms such as nightmares, flashbacks, terrifying thoughts.
- Avoidance symptoms such as steering clear of anything that reminds the person of the experience, withdrawing emotionally or feeling strong guilt or anxiety
- Hyperarousal symptoms such as always feeling tense or being easily startled.
A person needs to demonstrate these symptoms for one month or more to be diagnosed with PTSD. If symptoms disappear within a month after a stressful event, it is labeled Acute Stress Disorder, or ASD.
PTSD often exists simultaneously with other physical symptoms of high stress such as digestive disorders, headaches, chest pain and dizziness. Be sure to tell your physician if you have experienced a traumatic event so she can diagnose and treat PTSD properly.
Psychotherapy and medication are two of the main treatments for PTSD. Antidepressants keep the symptoms in check, but do not treat the cause of PTSD. Talk therapy enables the PTSD sufferer to work through the event. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is deemed the most effective talk therapy for PTSD. A therapist may help the individual reframe the incident or may walk him through a process of systematic desensitization to lessen the impact of the event. Treatments last 3-6 months, or could take 1-2 years.
Relaxation techniques such as meditation reduce the stress experienced in PTSD and thus, provide relief to PTSD sufferers. A study of Vietnam War veterans suffering from PTSD demonstrated that after three months of doing the Transcendental Meditation technique, symptoms such as alcohol usage, high startle response, emotional numbness and anxiety decreased as compared to a control group who received only psychotherapy. Research indicates that meditation has a positive effect on problems that often arise in PTSD sufferers, such as hypertension (pdf), depression, and substance abuse.
Recovery from PTSD usually takes some time, but adding relaxation techniques such as meditation, may speed up the process.
- Risk Factors for PTSD
- How to Prevent PTSD
- Causes of PTSD
- Symptoms of PTSD
- Treatment of PTSD
- Meditation and PTSD
The National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (Federal VA):
- The PTSD Information Center contains in-depth information on PTSD and traumatic stress for a general audience. We answer commonly asked questions about the effects of trauma, including basic information about PTSD and other common reactions. You can find out about treatment and coping or view videos to learn more.
- For Survivors of Trauma
- Information for Victims of Crime
- Military Veterans PTSD Manual
Need help with PTSD?
To file a claim for PTSD contact a Veteran Service Officer.
ND Department of Veterans Affairs announces grant available for ND Veterans with PTSD
North Dakota Veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may now apply for a grant which may provide them with a specially trained Service Dog. These service dogs are trained right here in North Dakota to assist Veterans who suffer from PTSD. The dogs provide the special needs of the veteran they are to serve whether it is calming anxiety attacks, providing comfort and assurance in public settings or waking a veteran from a nightmare. PTSD service dogs have proven to greatly assist Veterans in returning to a more normal life and reintegrating back into their community. Service Dogs for America has several of these highly trained service dogs ready to be placed with a veteran in need.
To meet the minimum qualifications for a PTSD service dog the Veteran must be a North Dakota resident, have a diagnosis of PTSD, be engaged in counseling or therapy and have a doctor’s recommendation for a PTSD Service Dog. All qualified Veterans are urged to apply. The grant is made possible by the 63rd ND Legislative Assembly and private donors.
VA’s mobile applications (apps) provide self-help, education and support. We also have treatment companion apps, for use with a health care provider, to make treatment easier. There are apps for iOS and Android devices.
PTSD is a serious mental health condition that often needs professional evaluation and treatment. These apps are not intended to replace needed professional care.
- PTSD Coach - This mobile app is to help you learn about and cope with the symptoms related to PTSD that commonly occur following trauma.
Treatment Companion Apps
- PE Coach - A mobile app to be used during Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy with a mental health professional. PE Coach is not a self-help tool.