Today marks National PTSD Awareness Day, a day dedicated to raising public awareness about issues related to PTSD, to reducing the stigma associated with PTSD and to helping ensure that those suffering from the invisible wounds of war receive proper treatment.
"Our service men and women returning home need to know that they will get care for both the visible and invisible wounds of war," said Michaud. "PTSD is just one of the challenges facing some service members and veterans, and it can be treated. As a community, we must support those individuals dealing with PTSD and make sure they have all the care and respect they deserve."
Experts have found that PTSD occurs in roughly 11-20% of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, 10% of Gulf War veterans, and 30% of Vietnam veterans. PTSD occurs at a rate of about 7-8% in the general U.S. population. Unfortunately, the stigma attached to PTSD often prevents individuals from seeking treatment.