Veteran Representation In Congress In 2022

Veteran Representation In Congress In 2022

See How Veterans Are Still Serving In Washington and Their Home States

Candidates for the 2022 midterm elections are out there and advertising. If you’re like me, you don’t have cable and you probably won’t see their ads. And that’s a good thing, but you see them anyway and try to ignore them – if you’re like me. We’ve seen before that what the media show and what Veterans think can be two very different things. That said, we wanted to know how many Veterans are working now in politics and for what party. We also reached out to every Senate candidate but 3 and asked them to respond to specific questions about their views and ideas on how to stop Veteran suicide. We will post their replies. 

Number of Veterans Serving Currently

The 2022 United States elections will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. 34 of the 100 seats in the Senate being contested in regular elections, the winners of which will serve six-year terms in the United States Congress from January 3, 2023, to January 3, 2029. During this midterm election year, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate will be contested. As of March 2020, this list is incomplete. Out of 100 senators, 24 have served in the United States military. Currently, there are 76 Members in the U.S. House of Representatives who are veterans.

For a list of all Veterans running for office in 2022, click here.

 

For perspective, it’s important to know how many veterans currently serve. By chamber in 2021, House members include 658 veterans, while Senate members consist of 253 veterans. These numbers were 780 and 260, respectively, in 2016, according to  American Enterprise Institute. After New Hampshire, the states with the most veterans serving as legislators are Georgia (34), Missouri (30) and Pennsylvania (27).

An analysis conducted after the 2020 elections identified at least 911 military veterans currently serving in the legislatures of the 50 states and five U.S. territories. These veterans make up 12.24% of the 7,383 state legislators nationwide.

Third Bill Approved by the House for MDMA, DMT and Marijuanna Research for PTSD

Third Bill Approved by the House for MDMA, DMT and Marijuanna Research for PTSD

The National Defense Authorization Act Takes A Hit

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bipartisan pair of psychedelics research amendments, as well as another measure requiring a military study into marijuana-related enforcement discrimination in the armed services. These may become part of the the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

From the Marijuana Moment, the House Rules Committee for the NDAA voted favorably on an initial package of measures grouped together, including those that contains language requiring research into the therapeutic potential of substances like psilocybin, MDMA and ibogaine in addition to the cannabis proposal.  

Only Psychedelics Could Bring Together AOC and Gaetz

This is tripping me out: both members of Congress submitted “almost identical” amendments to the 2023 NDAA that includes micro-dosing party drugs such as MDMA, psilocybin, ibogaine and 5–MeO–DMT for active duty military members with PTSD. AOC’s version can be found here and Gaetz’s version is here. Although not the first time polar opposites have come together in Congress, it shines a bright light on just how much support there is in America and in Congress to figure out answers slow down military suicide rates.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

It all started when Rep. Dan Crenshaw’s (R-TX) introduced an amendment that would allow the secretary of defense to approve grants for research into the therapeutic potential of certain psychedelics. Once that got the green light, more amendments followed.

Keep in mind that these dozen or so amendments are part of approximately 1,200 other amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2023. The US Senate would then need to sign off for President Biden’s next DoD budget.

There are currently more than 1,500 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills sitting in state legislatures and Congress in 2022. It is clear that the future of mental health research lies in this classification of drugs. Congress has shifted their collective opinion on such ideas very recently. An identical bill introduced last year never made it to the floor.

PTSD Definition

PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people – soldiers and civilians – develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.

It’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. At first, it may be hard to do normal daily activities, like go to work, go to school, or spend time with people you care about, but most people start to feel better after a few weeks or months. If it’s been longer than a few months and you’re still having symptoms, you may have PTSD.

About Once A Soldier

Starting in 2017, our mission is to limit the scars of Veteran suicide. We offer prevention services and postvention services. We reach a national audience and our goal is to become the preferred channel for those who want to help Veteran families who need our services. With 17 Veteran suicides a day in 2021, we believe our two niche services will make a difference to each family and to our nation.

Florida Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Clinics

Florida Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Clinics

New Mental Health Breakthroughs Are Now Mainstream Services All Across America

Our mission is to prevent veteran suicide using cutting-edge treatments and also to take care of the veteran family when prevention fails. All the promising research for new ways to fight mental health illnesses have pointed towards previously forbidden drugs like ketamine, MDMA and psilocybin. Although still at least a Schedule 3 drug according to the FDA, they are saving lives. Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) seems to have risen to the top. KAP treatment centers are opening up all across America and mid-to-major cities all have multiple options.

See the Glossary of KAP Terms

Florida Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Clinics

Jacksonville Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy

Revitalist
6871 Belfort Oaks Place Suite 2 Jacksonville, FL 32216
904-204-1182
Email jacksonville@revitalist.com
Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm

Ketamine Therapeutics
3685 Crown Point Rd Suite D · (904) 662-1485
Open ⋅ Closes 4PM

Ketamine Wellness Centers – Jacksonville, Florida
3753-2 Cardinal Point Dr
(855) 538-9355
Open ⋅ Closes 6PM

Ketamine Academy
(386) 433-2143
Open ⋅ Closes 5PM
Online classes

The Practice
3547 Hendricks Ave
Jacksonville , FL 32207

Best Ketamine Clinics
8833 Perimeter Park Blvd., Suite #1004
Jacksonville, FL 32216

Satyen Madkaiker, MD, FAPA
3685 Crown Point Court
Jacksonville, FL 32257

First Coast Wellness Infusions and Ketamine Clinic
1100 Plantation Island Dr S
STE 140
St. Augustine, FL 32080
(855) 258-0325

What Is Ketamine & How Does It Work?

Definition of ketamine: a general anesthetic that is administered intravenously and intramuscularly in the form of its hydrochloride C13H16ClNO·HCl and that is used illicitly usually by being inhaled in powdered form, especially for the dreamlike or hallucinogenic state it produces.

More and more research facilities like Stanford University and Johns Hopkins continue to explore the ways this disassociative drug can help us all on the way to better mental health. But how does it work?

Chronic stress weakens neural connections in the brain over time. Depression actually decreases the number of synapses in the brain. Ketamine works directly to restore these connections. It binds to the NMDA receptor and releases a glutamate surge. This in turn releases growth factors, like BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor), which help make new synaptic connections and pave healthier thought patterns in the brain.

The unique experience that ketamine facilitates with its biological, experiential, and psychological impacts has been tailored to optimize office-based treatment evolving into a method that we call Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP).

PTSD Definition

PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people – soldiers and civilians – develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.

It’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. At first, it may be hard to do normal daily activities, like go to work, go to school, or spend time with people you care about, but most people start to feel better after a few weeks or months. If it’s been longer than a few months and you’re still having symptoms, you may have PTSD.

About Once A Soldier

Starting in 2017, our mission is to limit the scars of Veteran suicide. We offer prevention services and postvention services. We reach a national audience and our goal is to become the preferred channel for those who want to help Veteran families who need our services. With 17 Veteran suicides a day in 2021, we believe our two niche services will make a difference to each family and to our nation.

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Glossary of Terms

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Glossary of Terms

Learn the Language of Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Used at Clinics

Once A Soldier is a big fan of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP). More and more research facilities like Stanford University and Johns Hopkins continue to explore the ways this disassociative drug can help us all on the way to better mental health. While we believe that there is a great future for KAP, we also believe that other hallucinogens have a place in the future of mental health care. For many of the veteran families we care for, the cost of KAP is just too high – no pun intended. Until then, we are backing KAP for our families and at-risk veterans. Before you go down this rabbit hole, it is useful to get some detailed information about the terms used at ketamine-assisted psychotherapy clinics.

Definition of ketamine: a general anesthetic that is administered intravenously and intramuscularly in the form of its hydrochloride C13H16ClNO·HCl and that is used illicitly usually by being inhaled in powdered form, especially for the dreamlike or hallucinogenic state it produces.

Definition of microdosing: the action or practice of taking or administering very small amounts of a drug in order to test or benefit from its physiological action while minimizing undesirable side effects. For example, if you were to microdose ketamine, you would be administered approximately 1% or less than what you would normally be given to knock you out for a hip replacement or other major surgery.

Definition of psychadelic drugs: relating to or denoting drugs (especially LSD) that produce hallucinations and apparent expansion of consciousness.

Definition of psilocybins: a hallucinogenic crystalline solid, C12H17N2O4P, obtained from the mushroom Psilocybe mexicana. 

Definition of hallucinogenics: a diverse group of drugs that alter a person’s awareness of their surroundings as well as their own thoughts and feelings. They are commonly split into two categories: classic hallucinogens (such as LSD) and dissociative drugs (such as PCP). Both types of hallucinogens can cause hallucinations, or sensations and images that seem real though they are not. Additionally, dissociative drugs can cause users to feel out of control or disconnected from their body and environment.

Definition of IV therapy: IV or intravenous therapy refers to a therapy that delivers fluid into veins in the body. IV therapy works by using an injection with a syringe or via infusion, often referred to as a drip. IV therapy is the fastest way to deliver medications, blood products and more into the bloodstream to help with various health conditions, dehydration and blood transfusions.

Definition of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs):

CRNAs are medical professionals who provide anesthesia, treatments that keep people from feeling pain during surgery or other medical procedures. They are also known as nurse anesthesiologists or .

Nurse anesthetists and physician anesthetists (anesthesiologists) use the same methods to give anesthesia but take different educational paths. Studies have shown that treatments provided by nurse and physician anesthetists have the same levels of safety, care quality, and outcome.

The education of a nurse anesthetist takes a minimum of 7 years and requires:

●A bachelor’s degree in nursing (4 years) or other 4-year undergraduate degree plus nursing school

●The National Council Licensure Exam (nursing exam) and state licensure as a registered nurse

●At least 1 year of nursing experience in an intensive care unit (ICU)

●A master’s degree or doctorate from nurse anesthesia program (2 to 4 years)

●The National Certification Examination

By the time they graduate from a nurse anesthesia program, CRNAs have an average of over 9,000 hours of experience. Throughout their career, they keep up their certification with continuing education courses, professional activities such as teaching or research, and performance assessments.

Definition of NMDA: N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (also known as the NMDA receptor or NMDAR), is a glutamate receptor and ion channel found in neurons. The anaesthetic and analgesic effects of the drugs ketamine and nitrous oxide are partially due to their effects on NMDA receptor activity.

Definition of glutamate: the most abundant excitatory neurotransmitter in your brain and central nervous system. It’s needed to keep your brain functioning properly. Glutamate plays a major role in shaping learning and memory.

Definition of BDNF: (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) The BDNF gene provides instructions for making a protein found in the brain and spinal cord called brain-derived neurotrophic factor. This protein promotes the survival of nerve cells (neurons) by playing a role in the growth, maturation (differentiation), and maintenance of these cells.

Definition of tripping: the term given to describe the events that occur inside your mind while you are under the influence of a psychadelic drug.

Definition of LSD: (D-lysergic acid diethylamide) is one of the most powerful mind-altering chemicals. It is a clear or white odorless material made from lysergic acid, which is found in a fungus that grows on rye and other grains. of 

Definition of Peyote (mescaline): is a small, spineless cactus with mescaline as its main ingredient. Peyote can also be synthetic. 

Definition of DMT (N,N-dimethyltryptamine): is a powerful chemical found naturally in some Amazonian plants. Ayahuasca is a tea made from such plants, and when taken in this form it is also known as hoasca, aya, and yagé. People can also make DMT in a lab. Synthetic DMT usually takes the form of a white crystalline powder that is smoked.

 

What Is Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy?

What Is Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy?

KAP Clinics Are All Across America

Once A Soldier is a big fan of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, or KAP. More and more research facilities like Stanford University and Johns Hopkins continue to explore the ways this disassociative drug can help us all on the way to better mental health. KAP clinics are plentiful across the nation, with at least 7 here in Jacksonville, Florida. In this ever-maddening world we live in, it’s good to know that we’re progressing on this breakthrough mental health option. Here’s some detail information about what ketamine-assisted psychotherapy is all about. 

Chronic stress weakens neural connections in the brain over time. Depression actually decreases the number of synapses in the brain. Ketamine works directly to restore these connections. It binds to the NMDA receptor and releases a glutamate surge. This in turn releases growth factors, like BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor), which help make new synaptic connections and pave healthier thought patterns in the brain.

The unique experience that ketamine facilitates with its biological, experiential, and psychological impacts has been tailored to optimize office-based treatment evolving into a method that we call Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP). 

Thanks to its legal status and the psychedelic renaissance underway, ketamine-assisted therapy has reached the mainstream. And companies like Field Trip Health, Novamind, Nushama, Mindbloom and others are stepping on the gas and expanding locations and services to patients across the country.

While psilocybin, MDMA and LSD grab most of the headlines for the promising clinical results as potential treatments for depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues, ketamine is able to cash in on the growing interest in psychedelics.

Ketamine also has another advantage over other psychedelics: it’s short-acting. One of the biggest hurdles in widespread treatment of psychedelic-assisted therapy for drugs like psilocybin, LSD and MDMA is the duration of the experience, which can range from 4 to 12 hours. But for ketamine, a patient can be in and out of one of these swanky clinics in two hours. (Some companies are trying to remove the psychedelic experience altogether, while others are modifying psychedelics’ molecules to make the trip shorter.)