It is important to remember the struggle so many returning veterans face when they return from serving our country. PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a psychological condition that affects those that have experienced a severe trauma in their lives. Trauma is not rare and 60% percent of men and 50% of women experience a trauma in their lives. For returning veterans 11-20% of veterans returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom returned with PTSD and 15% of veterans returning from the Vietnam War returned home with PTSD. PTSD has a variety of symptoms and behaviors attached to it such as insomnia, nightmares or night terrors, difficulty "leaving war behind”, panic during surprise situations (even non-aggressive ones) and fear or panic at the sound of loud noises. PTSD can also manifest as anger, anxiety and sometimes hides underneath addiction to alcohol and other substances.
PTSD is something that affects so many of our veterans and it is our responsibility to take care of those who have served our great nation. Here are some resources that may be beneficial for veterans coping with PTSD and/or the friends and family of those coping with the condition.
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