Who We Are1.0 INTRODUCTION TO THE TRAUMA AFTER CARE TRUST
1.1 Registered Address: Carrick House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham, Glos.GL50 2QJ Address of HQ: Buttfields, The Farthings, Withington, Glos GL54 4DF Helpline: UK (0)1242 890306 Admin/Fax: UK (0)1242 890498 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
1.2 The Trauma After Care Trust (Registered in England and Wales as charity no. 1022394) is a charitable trust whose primary aim is to deal with the mid and long-term after-effects on people who have survived various types and magnitudes of disaster.
1.3 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been found to be the major syndrome, whilst other forms of Trauma (e.g. perceptive trauma, chemically induced trauma, mechanical trauma) must also be managed.
1.4 In the case of the Military and the Gulf War in particular, there was a very large increase in presentations of chemically- induced trauma along with the pathological symptoms associated with exposure to various chemical and biological agents, which included organophosphates (OPs) and genetically sensitive material. TACT was the author of The Desert Storm Syndrome (DSS) leaflet (which also corroborated much of the US data). This leaflet is available to bona fide enquirers - via e-mail.
1.5 TACT has set up a network of specialists who not only deal with PTSD at all levels but are able to deal with a whole range of post disaster sequelae as found in the Gulf War (DSS).
1.6 TACT is a unique service, acting as an accessible multi-agency network together with a 24 hour, seven days a week helpline providing individuals with the support and therapy that they and their families need to cope with the psychological (and much of the physical) residue of trauma. The symptoms of PTSD are observed in around 80% of people who report problems following some disastrous event. Ten per cent will be chronically affected by their experience.
1.7 PTSD can affect anyone - military, police and emergency services personnel in the daily course of duty, or "everyday" people whose whole life is shaken to its core by catastrophe such as Lockerbie or those involved in something as apparently mundane as a road accident. As a natural reaction to abnormal circumstances, PTSD may not strike immediately but be triggered, sometimes months or years later, by a similar happening causing the return to the trauma.
, 2.0 TACTs AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
2.1 TACT's aims and objectives are to: **> To increase awareness of the existence and causes of all types and conditions of trauma, and its after-effects and its side effects. **> Maintain and enhance its referral network, both nationally and internationally. **> Sponsor treatment and set standards for counselling **> Sponsor research into the causes and effects of all types and conditions of trauma, and its after- effects and its side effects. **> Establish a national centre to be the focus for resources, information and referrals.
2.3 There are regional support groups for both civilians and military within the UK, the USA and - soon available - within what was the USSR. Many civilian authorities, such as Emergency Services (Police, Ambulance, Fire, A&E etc), schools, social services and so on, participate in TACT's Training and Awareness schemes.
3.0 TACT AND THE MILITARY
Things to bear in mind:
3.1 TACT is a civilian charitable trust and not a campaigning organisation.
3.2 TACT's earlier component, the Gulf Families' Crisis Line (GFCL), was destroyed back in 1993 by lack of funds due to continual denials of the existence of any problem from the Gulf War. (The government and MoD stated that the problem would be "DENIED AT ALL COSTS")
3.3 TACT, however, attempted to set up the UK's first veteran group, following the collapse of the GFCL. However, other groups materialised, apparently aided by political means, and funded, at a level too low to be effective, by some of those who were following the set denial route.
3.4 TACT, having a national referral network of doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists and diverse other specialists, took over the TREATMENT ASPECTS ONLY of the veterans who requested it (and still continue to do so).
3.5 TACT does, however, still maintain an interested, active and watchful eye on Veterans' Affairs. It has an ex RSMaj and a GW Vet who spearhead this involvement. The only groups that are associated THROUGH THIS LINK are Veterans for Peace and Amnesty International. Two of TACT's associates are officers of the newly-formed Vets for Peace-UK.
3.6 TACT IS NOT, therefore part of, or associated with, any other Vet group.
3.7 TACT IS a stand-alone group of practitioners who have built up a considerable and hype-free view of DSS and who will offer awareness, advice and practical help to ANYONE who requests it.
3.8 Caution: Funding! TACT can no longer afford to support the large number of vets, requiring treatment, from its civilian funds without charge or other considerable financial backing). Treatment costs lots of money (average cost is about 1,800 pounds sterling - or 3,000 US dollars - per veteran and his family). It is only by the efforts of dedicated people who mostly do not get paid that a few dozen military families have received any help. The Gulf War left us with over 1,200 UK problem families. As previously stated, the continual denial by the authorities caused the fiscal collapse of the Gulf Families Crisis Line. TACT now has the task of trying to overcome this additional, crippling and inherited burden. Remember that the current UK government and MoD have avowed that the Gulf War sickness SHALL BE DENIED ... AT ALL COSTS.
3.9 In the light of all of the above, and in the spirit of para 3.7 above, TACT is still dedicated to the vets cause and will continue to attempt to help - but it needs your support also.