The Disabled Veterans National Foundation, a non-profit veterans service organization that focuses on helping men and women who serve and return home wounded or sick after defending our safety and our freedom, is urging increased attention be paid to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an illness that has plagued troops for many years.
June 27th will mark PTSD Awareness Day for 2013. Though PTSD Awareness Month is the entire month of June, this day is one that has been set aside by the United States Senate to bring greater awareness to the disease.
DVNF is reminding people that conflicts persist overseas, and each day, troops suffer experiences that inflict them with the disease. It is estimated that nearly 30 percent of veterans treated by the Department of Veterans Affairs suffer from post-traumatic stress. As a result of PTSD, veterans commit suicide at an alarming rate of roughly 22 each day.
As a Vietnam veteran, and lifelong advocate of my fellow veterans, it truly saddens me when I see an individual suffering from PTSD, said Precilla Wilkewitz, President of DVNF. To hear stories of how their symptoms tear apart their families, their finances and sometimes, their lives, is truly upsetting. I urge anyone who is suffering symptoms to seek help as soon as possible.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health symptoms of the disease include: flashbacks, bad dreams, frightening thoughts, guilt or depression, emotional numbness, lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities, being easily startled, feeling tense or on-edge, difficulty sleeping, and many others.
To learn more about PTSD and what you should know about it, please visit the VAs webpage about PTSD Awareness.