Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 26, 2014
The Disabled Veterans National Foundation, a nonprofit veterans service organization that provides critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom, is asking caring people around the nation to remember PTSD Awareness Day, on Friday, June 27.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an illness that commonly affects military service members who have been deployed to a combat zone, but often may not manifest itself until much later. However, it is important to note that it also affects service members who were not deployed to a combat zone, though they are 12 percent less likely to experience PTSD than those who were in a combat.
June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day, which seeks to help spread the word about PTSD, and for veterans affected by the illness, to seek treatment. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made concerted efforts to help veterans find the courage to seek treatment, posting videos of other veterans telling their stories about their battle with the illness.
“PTSD is such a pervasive illness that can truly be devastating, especially if left untreated,” said Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.), the CEO of DVNF. “I am encouraging every veteran experiencing even a hint of something wrong to seek treatment immediately. I have seen treatment work, and it can make a world of difference for a veteran, and sometimes, save his or her life.”
DVNF is also reminding veterans that if they are experiencing an immediate crisis, to call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 (press 1).
The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.
We achieve this mission by:
For more, go to http://www.dvnf.org.