Families face tough decision when veteran suffers PTSD episode
MCLENNAN COUNTY, TX (KXXV) -
It's a difficult, split-second decision, but sometimes a calming voice can help a veteran instead of calling police.
McLennan County Veterans Service Officer Steve Hernandez says he's seen a trend of veterans facing extra charges after suffering a PTSD episode. He's seen five such cases where officers are called on a veteran and then they face extra charges like assault on a peace officer.
Hernandez says it's a tough decision to call police because sometimes a veteran can be a danger to themselves and others. While sometimes a calming, experienced voice can soothe the situation.
"I think just knowing that they have other alternatives to choose and not just looking at it from an extreme emergency to the point where they feel like 911 is the only option. I think it would help to let the community know or at least have the community be more aware of some of the other avenues," Hernandez said.
Hernandez did point out, if at any time the situation doesn't feel safe, the police should be called.
If you are a veteran or a family member of a veteran who needs to talk with a counselor, here are a few numbers:
Veterans Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 Heart of Texas Region MHMR- Shaun Lee: 254-297-7106 Central Counties (Bell, Coryell, Lampasas) MHMR: 800-888-4036 You can also download the Texas Veterans App
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