Evan Ashcraft Foundation Hosts Fundraiser for Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Memorial Day Weekend Event Raises Awareness and Money for Military Personnel Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan

The Evan Ashcraft Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity, helps soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan adjust to civilian life.

Our military men and women are coming home physically intact, but terribly injured by unseen wounds of war--post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Evan Ashcraft Foundation, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization, is hosting a “Casino Night” fundraiser to benefit veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Foundation serves military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and their families. The event is symbolically scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, a time when Americans honor those who have served, or continue to serve, for the United States military.

“Our military men and women have given their lives, their limbs, their well-being and their futures in carrying out a mission that our government sent them to do in Iraq and Afghanistan—in our name,” says Jane Bright, Co-Founder of the Evan Ashcraft Foundation. “They are coming home in boxes and on stretchers. Many are coming home physically intact but terribly injured by unseen wounds of war—post-traumatic stress disorder.”

The Evan Ashcraft Foundation’s Casino Night will occur on Saturday, May 29, from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Taking place at the Woodland Hills Country Club in the San Fernando Valley, the special event will feature a silent auction, raffle prizes, casino gaming tables, and food. Ticket prices are $50.00 per person, or $95.00 per couple.

A recent Rand study verified that over 30% of returning vets suffer from PTSD. Currently, there is almost a million person backlog to receive VA counseling for this condition. Statistics show that military personnel suicide rate is an average of almost 20 a day according to the Department of Defense. In addition, almost half of all male veterans suffering from PTSD have been arrested at least once and calls to the Domestic Violence Hotline have increased from 50 to 500 a month since the Iraq conflict began.

The Evan Ashcraft Foundation works with and provides grants to non-governmental agencies for the treatment of PTSD to military service personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and their families. People interested in attending the Casino Night event may call (818) 703-2026, or email jane.bright@evanashcraft.org, to reserve tickets. Additional information on the Foundation and this event may be found on the Evan Ashcraft Foundation’s website (http://www.evanashcraft.org).

About the Evan Ashcraft Foundation
The Evan Ashcraft Foundation (http://www.evanashcraft.org) was founded by Jim and Jane Bright in memory of Jane's son, SGT Evan Ashcraft, who was killed in action in July 2003 in Iraq. Evan told his family in letters and phone calls home shortly before he was killed, "When I come home from Iraq, I just want to help people." The Foundation is the fulfillment of Evan's wish to help. We are a 501(c)3 public charity, tax ID no. 33-1209904.

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