Alternative Therapies for PTSD – Advancing Heroes Program – Arizona

Alternative Therapies for PTSD

Many Veterans suffer from PTSD, and many struggle to find ways to adjust to a “New Normal” and find a way to live a life with PTSD, not letting PTSD dictate how you live. We want to start showing a series of articles that examine some alternative ways to treat PTSD.]

While medications seem to be the predominant treatment method for PTSD, there are many other options, and most go unused or even unknown. We hope to start bringing you some alternatives for you to explore.

We will start in Arizona, an area that is rocked by the Phoenix VA Debacle, and shift to a story of a veteran who found his own treatment forms, and turned them into a program for all veterans.

The Advancing Heroes Program offered by Terros ( is a program that combones alternative therapies, including yoga, acupuncture, art therapy and equine therapy. Started by a Combat Medic Veteran who was looking for a better alternative to the VA’s treatment for PTSD, he developed a program, and pitched it to Terros Medical, who picked up the program. This is a 12-week program that seems to be helping Veterans in ways other traditional treatments have not.

For more information, read this article, courtesy of the Arizona Republic:

We hope to bring more options for alternative treatment to all of you as we find them. If you know of any programs for alternative treatments for PTSD, please share it with us, so we may share it with all of our readers.


Arizona State Veterans Benefits

Arizona is a very popular state to retire to, and is home to the 13th largest Veteran population by state.

Education Benefits

  • Tuition and  Fees-Deferred Payment
    • A veteran or eligible dependent who has applied for educational benefits under the G.I. Bill state-supported community colleges, colleges and universities may defer payment of tuition, fees and required books for a period of 120 days with no interest charges. If, at the end of such period, the person has not received from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs the initial benefit monies for tuition and fees, an extension may be granted until such time benefits are received. A.R.S. § 41 – 611.
  • Tuition Waivers for War-Wounded and Dependents of Killed In Action
    • A former member of the Arizona National Guard who received a purple heart citation on or after September 11, 2001 (who was medically discharged because of a service-connected injury) is eligible for a tuition waiver. A tuition waiver for Arizona community colleges and universities is also available to a dependent of the national guard member or member of the United States armed forces who was a resident of the state of Arizona or stationed in Arizona and who was killed in the line of duty or who died from injuries suffered in the line of duty while traveling to or from duty. A.R.S. § 15-1808).
Tax and License Fee Exemptions
  • State Income Tax Exemptions
    • To the extent not already excluded from Arizona gross income under sec. 112 of the Internal Revenue Code, compensation received for active service as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States for any month during any part of which members served in a combat zone is exempt. A.R.S. § 43 -1022 (19).
    • Federal (Civil Service or Military Retirement) payments up to $2,500.00 per year are exempt. A.R.S. § 43-1022 (2)
      • NOTE: Contact the Arizona Department of Revenue (1-800-845-8192) for any veteran tax issues.
  • Property Tax
    • Exemption for property of widows, widowers, and disabled persons is outlined in A.R.S. § 42 -11111 as follows:
      • The property of widows, widowers and disabled persons who are residents of this state is exempt from taxation to the extent allowed by article IX, sections 2, 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3, Constitution of Arizona, and subject to the conditions and limitations prescribed by this section.
      • Pursuant to article IX, section 2.3, Constitution of Arizona, the exemptions from taxation under this section are allowed in the amount of:
        • Three thousand dollars if the person’s total assessment does not exceed twenty thousand dollars.
        • No exemption if the person’s total assessment exceeds twenty thousand dollars.
    • On or before December 31 of each year, the department shall increase the following amounts based on the average annual percentage increase, if any, in the GDP price deflator in the two most recent complete state fiscal years:
      • The total allowable exemption amount and the total assessment limitation amount under subsection B of this section.
      • The total income limitation amounts under subsection E, paragraphs 1 and 2 of this section. For the purposes of this subsection, “GDP price deflator” means the average of the four implicit price deflators for the gross domestic product reported by the United States department of commerce or its successor for the four quarters of the state fiscal year.
    • For the purpose of determining the amount of the allowable exemption pursuant to subsection B of this section, the person’s total assessment shall not include the value of any vehicle that is taxed under title 28, chapter 16, article 3.
    • NOTE: The exemption is applied to real estate first, then to a mobile home or an automobile. Please call your County Assessor in your county for assistance.
  • Vehicle License Tax and Registration Fees
    • A veteran residing in Arizona shall be exempt from a vehicle license tax (VLT) on a vehicle acquired by the veteran through financial aid from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. A.R. S. § 28 – 5802(A)( 1).
    • No VLT or registration fee shall be collected from any veteran for a personally owned vehicle if such veteran is certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to be one hundred percent service-connected disabled and drawing compensation on that basis. A.R.S. § 28 – 5802(A()(2).
    • Until the surviving spouses of a 100% disabled veteran remarries or dies, the law also applies to the survivor. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will provide the attached certification letter to all eligible spouses upon request. To receive the VLT and registration fee exemptions, the eligible spouse must present this certification letter to the Division at the time of vehicle registration.  A new certification will be required each year.
    • A veteran claiming an exemption prescribed shall present satisfactory proof of such U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs financial aid or government compensation and certificate of determination of one hundred percent disability, as applicable. Such exemption may be claimed and granted during each 12-month period for only one vehicle or any replacement of such vehicle owned by the veteran. A.R.S. § 28 – 5802(B).

Hunting and Fishing Licenses

  • Resident hunting and fishing licenses for members of the armed forces on active duty, stationed in state are available upon application. Complimentary licenses may be granted to veteran’s 70 years or older who have been residents of this state for 25 years. Complimentary licenses will be issued to veterans verified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to be one hundred percent service-connected disabled and who have been a resident for one year or more. A.R.S. § 17–336, 17–337. Contact the nearest office of Department of Game and Fish.
Arizona State Parks
  • Arizona State Parks Offers provides Arizona’s 100% permanently disabled veterans with a complimentary “Disabled Veterans Annual Day Use pass”. The pass allows qualified veterans with day use access to all twenty-seven State Parks. The Disabled Veterans Annual Day Pass covers the park entrance fee, and is available to veterans who reside in the state of Arizona, are certified by the Veteran’s Administration as one hundred percent disabled, and draw compensation on that basis. For Parks and Camping for the National Parks, please call (620) 640-5250. Eligible veterans may request the application form from Arizona State Park’s central office at 1300 West Washington, Phoenix, Arizona 85007, (602) 542-4174, (toll free 1-800-285-3703) or fill out a registration form at

As always, if there are any State Benefits that we may have missed, please let us know so we can add it to the blog.