Stephanie Murphy: Army Sending $1 Million to UCF to Help Veterans, Active Duty Personnel Suffering from PTSD
At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., announced that the Army was sending $1 million to the University of Central Florida (UCF) to help active duty personnel and veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Murphy, who worked in the Defense Department under then President George W. Bush, announced on Friday that the funds will be sent to UCF’s RESTORES Clinic to develop virtual reality programs to help those with PTSD.
“The RESTORES Clinic uses virtual reality to simulate a patient’s traumatic experience and to help reduce the anxiety the patient associates with that experience, a technique known as exposure therapy. The clinic will use this $1 million in funding—along with an additional $2 million in funding the clinic is expected to receive over the next two years—to develop its own enhanced virtual reality software that will further improve quality of care. The clinic currently utilizes software developed by a third party,” Murphy’s office noted.
“As a nation, we have a moral obligation to assist the brave men and women who are wounded—either physically or emotionally—as a result of their service to our country,” said Murphy, who sits on the U.S. House Armed Services Committee. “I