At Ease USA (AEU) is committed to providing access to confidential trauma treatment and therapeutic support for active military, veterans and their loved ones, regardless of their ability to pay. AEU complements existing services offered by military and veterans organizations, with a focus on the elimination of barriers to treatment for those suffering from the effects of deployment and the uncertainty of war.
There are three At Ease USA-funded clinics in Nebraska – Bellevue, Grand Island and North Platte. Services are also provided in Lincoln. In addition to one-on-one therapy, At Ease also includes peer-to-peer group therapy and support sessions, both for veterans and family members. Clients are offered individual and family sessions.
AEU also continues to partner with the Women’s Center for Advancement by funding a program called Healing Warriors. The Healing Warriors program includes crisis intervention, individualized case management, pro bono legal services, therapy, peer support groups, and self-sufficiency services for clients who are connected to the military.
One out of every five deployed troops will develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, many troops and their families returning to Nebraska will undoubtedly require mental health services. Many of these families live outside of Omaha and Lincoln.
AEU has taken a two-pronged approach to reaching families in remote areas: AEU funded 27 therapists from across the state in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) training and AEU is actively pursuing teletherapy.
AEU has also funded the first-ever clinical trials on Attention Control Training in the United States. Attention training is a promising, brief, computerized, behavioral intervention that has been effective in treating anxiety disorders, but had not be tested for PTSD prior to these trials.
At Ease has demonstrated that public-private partnerships are the quickest and most compassionate way to get veterans the help they need.
At Ease USA currently serves Eastern and Central Nebraska but plans to serve even more individuals over time.
At Ease USA is 100% confidential. No one will ever know an individual has sought treatment with us unless the client authorizes us to do so. We do not require our clients to provide any form of identification, Social Security number, etc., unless they feel comfortable doing so.
At Ease USA has demonstrated that public-private partnerships are the quickest and most compassionate way to get veterans the help they need.
Less than 35% of veterans with PTSD, traumatic brain injury (TBI) or both ever pursue treatment from the VA. According to the 2007 Report on Wounded Warriors there is a long-standing stigma within the military against admitting to psychological problems in general, and to PTSD in particular. At Ease USA is 100% privately funded without any direct ties to the Department of Defense or the Department of Veteran's Affairs.
One of the founding principles of AEU is that we will only employ the most effective practices and methods for treating PTSD as evidenced by empirical data and research.
We systematically record and analyze pre- and post- treatment data for every client, using metrics most recognized in the field to ensure a superior result regarding functionality and symptoms.
At Ease USA is also committed to identifying and supporting ongoing research into Attention Control Training.
Our goal is not just to constantly improve outcomes, but to continuously strive for better outcomes, faster results, and lower costs per degree of improvement. Toward that end, AEU is pursuing attention control training -- the first trial in the United States and one of only two trials in the world, testing the effectiveness of ABMT on PTSD.