June is PTSD awareness month - KXXV Central Texas News Now

June is PTSD awareness month

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During the month of June, the PTSD Foundation of America is launching a nationwide awareness campaign to discuss Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the impact it has on our soldiers.

According to the PTSD Foundation of America, it is estimated that we lose one veteran every 65 minutes to PTSD. The foundation also estimates that 1 in 5 veterans returning from Afghanistan have been diagnosed with PTSD.

“Educating the public about PTSD is our primary mission. We not only want to stop the stigma about PTSD but also instill a sense of pride in those struggling, as we believe that those veterans should be treated with the utmost respect” said David Maulsby, Executive Director for the PTSD Foundation of America.

In honor of PTSD Awareness Month, PTSD Foundation of America and Camp Hope have created a special “PTSD SHIELD PIN” to build a nation-wide platform for discussion.

The pin will include five stars representing the 5 branches of the military, a cross for “In God we Trust”, stars and stripes for the USA Flag, and a shield which symbolizes protection “for our vets”.

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