'The Rock Club' &
'Rock For Vets'
A Music Instructional / Educational Program For: Veterans, Others At-Risk & Community
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‘ROCK FOR VETS’ - NEEDS STATEMENT
The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) states that almost 20% of returning combat Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), also 10% from The Gulf War and close to 30% of Vietnam Veterans also suffer from PTSD.
According to an April 13, 2010 Time Magazine article, PTSD related suicide doubled between 2001 and 2006 while remaining flat in the civilian population, even when adjusted to reflect the Army's age and gender. In 2009, 160 active-duty soldiers killed themselves, up from 140 in 2008 and 77 in 2003. PTSD remains a growing concern for the VA. They have increased funding for PTSD research from $9.9 million in 2005 to $24.5 million in 2009.
Current VA treatments for PTSD are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR and Medication. In combination, the VA has also added Group Therapy, Family Therapy and Music Therapy as effective adjunct approaches to the illness. At hospitals throughout the VA system background music is used in group therapy sessions to create a relaxing atmosphere for Veterans while discussing their personal issues. Since 2006 the VA has doubled the number of music therapists hired throughout the VA system.
In 2009, The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) did a study on the effects of music therapy for the mentally ill, “Serious mental disorders have considerable individual and societal impact, and traditional treatments may show limited effects. Music therapy may be beneficial in psychosis and depression, including treatment-resistant cases.”
A study in 2010, at The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music, Media, and Technology (CIRMMT), supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council, and McGill University, reveals that the anticipation and experience of listening to pleasurable music induces release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter vital for reinforcing behavior that is necessary for survival. “These findings provide neurochemical evidence that intense emotional responses to music involve ancient reward circuitry in the brain,” says neuroscientist and lead researcher, Dr. Robert Zatorre.
Although the positive effects of Music Therapy have been accepted by the VA, they have only implemented one official study as to the rehabilitative nature of a hands-on music program. In Sept 2010, the Health Services Research & Development Service (HSR&D) began a study at the VA Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI to determine the positive effects of teaching combat Veterans suffering from PTSD how to play guitar, the study is ongoing and results won’t be published until Aug 2011.
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