Veteran services

Omaha nonprofit At Ease USA aims to reduce veteran suicides

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A local nonprofit organization offers many ways to help active duty military and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

According to a 2021 report from the US Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately 6,000 veterans committed suicide each year between 2001 and 2019.

The “National Annual Report on Veteran Suicide Prevention” shows that the suicide rate among veterans dropped in 2019.

Researchers suggest that service members with PTSD are at risk for suicide.

At Ease USA hopes to bring the number of veteran suicides to zero.

Some of the services offered by the organization include a non-invasive technological treatment called Attention Training for PTSD

According to the organization, the software aims to change the treatment of disrupted threats in PTSD.

At Ease also offers other programs, such as behavioral health services, veteran peer support, and trauma-informed yoga.

Laura Fischer, clinical manager at At Ease USA, says service members who want help but fear retaliation could benefit from their discreet services.

“Our organization was founded more than a decade ago by a family member of a veteran who sought services and was hesitant to access VA services for fear of stigma,” Fischer said. “We also exist for people who fear accessing services on base for fear of losing their security clearance.”

The organization’s services are not limited to veterans or the military.

At Ease also offers programs for healthcare workers.

To learn more about At Ease USA, visit their website.

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