|Thank you for your support of At Ease USA (AEU) throughout 2018. AEU continues to grow and assist those who so bravely serve our country.
Lutz completed a financial audit of the 2017 books. We are pleased to announce that overall our financial practices remain in order and we continue to be good stewards of your financial contributions. That audit may be found on GuideStar or email Beth Kramer, Executive Director of AEU, at firstname.lastname@example.org.AEU continues to fund behavioral health services in Bellevue, Lincoln, North Platte and Grand Island in partnership with Lutheran Family Services. In addition to one-on-one therapy, At Ease includes peer-to-peer group therapy and support sessions both for veterans and their family members. AEU also continues to partner with the Women’s Center for Advancement’s Healing Warriors program. The program includes crisis intervention, individualized case management, pro bono legal services, therapy, peer support groups, and self-sufficiency services for women who are connected to the military and are suffering from PTSD.
AEU has seen a need to reach beyond the brick and mortar clinics to veterans and families located in remote areas of Nebraska. Toward that end, AEU is preparing to launch a new initiative, the Preferred Provider Network. We realize not everyone will travel to one of the three clinics, but by training therapists in other population centers, we believe we will extend our reach to build a network of highly trained therapists. AEU will also launch a tele-therapy program in conjunction with this initiative as well as hire a licensed therapist. We have received a very generous pledge in the amount of $300,000 with the request to match this gift. We are about halfway to our goal!
We have entered year two of the second round of clinical trials in conjunction with Creighton University. We are testing the web-based version of attention training to demonstrate its effectiveness in a web-based delivery format and extend its scope to include treatment resistant veterans, women, and children 9-14 years old with trauma related to community violence. A new paper written by Dr. Amy Badura-Brack related to the study has been published at Psychiatry Research Neuroimaging and another soon to be published at Biological Psychology. Though this is a three-year project, we are excited by our research and the possible treatments that could be offered in the future for those suffering with PTSD.
Thanks to our outstanding volunteer, Sarah Morris, AEU has substantially increased its social media efforts. We now have a platform to promote our programs, share our news on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn; and communicate more effectively with our supporters. We are excited to have entered the 21stcentury!
AEU joined the Non-Profit Association of the Midlands in 2018. NAM has proven to be a wonderful resource for the organization not only through the various networking opportunities, but as we continue to grow and solidify our overall operations. We look forward to a long partnership with this exceptional organization.