National PTSD Service Association Inc. is a nonprofit agency providing highly skilled canines, service, support, training, and mentoring programs to post-911 armed forces veterans and public safety personnel suffering with PTSD. National PTSD Service Association Inc.’s goal is to foster a commitment to first responders that will promote social friendships, strong interpersonal skills, and reassert a sense of hope in the future. Only through personal relationships can a sense of individual responsibility be reestablished that will give these individuals suffering from PTSD the commitment to follow through on their career path as an active citizen with a sense of pride and accomplishment.
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Our Story and Vision
Through repeated failures in the Veterans Services and Public Safety systems and the development of destructive habits, at-risk first responders have lost faith in the possibilities that await them. National PTSD Service Association Inc. was created post-911 in direct response to the growing number of first responders that are falling through the cracks in our community. The goal of the program is to identify first responders and veterans who have a high risk of turbulent transition to civilian life and offer them a positive support system to avoid the pitfalls with this journey. While the needs of each participant differ slightly, the goal remains the same: empower first responders and veterans with PTSD to make positive changes in their lives.
Leadership and Staff
Mark LaFlamme, VP of NPTSD, served as Flight Commander, Executive Officer, Chief of Scheduling, and Bomber One during Operations Desert Storm, Enduring, and Iraqi Freedom. He completed Squadron Officers School in residence and Air Command and Staff College. He has over 6,000 flight hours and 800 combat hours. His decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, 4 Air medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal. In 2005, after five deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq and 22 years of total service both active and reserve, Mark retired from the US Air Force at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
In his spare time, Mark is an avid flyer. He is one of the founding directors and Vice President of The National PTSD Service Association, the outreach born from losing several of his comrades to PTSD. With 22 suicides a day to PTSD, Mark is very concerned for those who serve us. He considers his highly skilled/trained Belgian Malinois the very antidote to his mild PTSD. Aviator’s understand all too clearly that prescription drugs will ground you from piloting and the best remedies are those that will allow you to stay on top of your game.