In honor of June being Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month in the U.S., you should take the time to learn the facts. Forty three percent of those returning from the current war in Afghanistan and Iraq are filing disability claims, and it's a serious problem without a solution to help veterans solve their issues.
If you don't already know the facts, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is often labeled as a mental illness or even disease, but for those who have struggled with it, it's much more complicated than a label. Most veterans don't come back with actual physical injury, however suicide is the cause of about 22 veteran deaths per day, and making suicide prevention an important part of helping veterans.
PTSD is the result of experiencing a traumatic event. Even though many veterans experience that event in war, many others suffer from it for other reasons. That means that anyone can get PTSD. Women veterans are particularly vulnerable since one in ten American women will experience PTSD in their lifetimes. It's a real thing, and it could happen to you.
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