June 27 was National Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day. Approximately 5.2 million Americans – including but not limited to Veterans – suffer from this condition. It is estimated that up to 20 percent of Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are affected by PTSD. As part of PTSD Awareness Day, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services noted some key resources for Veterans and others dealing with PTSD that can be utilized any day of the year. These resources include:
- The Veterans Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
- Online VA Chat service: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/Veterans/Default.aspx
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network: http://www.nctsn.org/resources/topics/military-children-and-families
Additionally resources can be found at: http://www.samhsa.gov/militaryfamilies/.
The Senate passed a resolution last year to designate June 27 as National PTSD Awareness Day. June 27 was chosen as it is the birthday of Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Joe Biel, who took his own life after two tours in Iraq.
For more information on VA’s efforts to increase PTSD awareness, see: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/about/ptsd-awareness-day/PTSD_Awareness_Day.asp or www.vetlawyers.com.