June is PTSD Awareness Month


 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health problem that can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event like war, assault, or disaster.  This month is PTSD Awareness Month, and the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs are raising awareness about the problem, along with providing tools, information and assistance for service members who may be dealing with PTSD.  The National Center for PTSD is full of resources and information for anyone who wants or needs help. 

PTSD is an beleaguering affliction that affects the lives of many service members and veterans.  It can manifest itself in many different ways, and everyone handles it differently.  Richard Adams – US Navy (1971 — 1972) SN, was an Ammunition Transporter Vietnam.  Back then, people didn’t talk about things like PTSD.  As a result, many veterans suffered in silence.

“I never talked about it. I just tried to deal with my life ’cause I was supposed to be a man. Stop whining, just do your thing. Get a job, get married, you’ll be all right… lost them all because of my illness until I went into the VA hospital and got the help I needed.” Richard Adams – US Navy (1971 — 1972) SN, Ammunition Transporter Vietnam.

This playlist has short testimonials from friends, family members and veterans about what it’s like to deal with PTSD.  There is hope.  There is help.  You’re not alone.

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