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June 24, 2013 at 1:54pm

VA's "Take the Step" campaign raises PTSD awareness

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War is hell. Soldiers in the battle zone see, hear and smell things they can barely discuss with their own squad let alone anyone at home. The stress and anxiety causes some returning warriors to hurt those they love. It creates drug and alcohol dependency. It builds barriers that even 72-year-old veterans still can't hurdle.

During World Wars I and II it was called shell shock. In Korea and Vietnam it was known as battle fatigue. Since then, soldiers and their therapists have called the condition that literally emotionally and physically debilitates a returning warrior Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

In observance of post-traumatic stress disorder awareness month, the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD invites the public to participate in its "Take the Step" campaign.

"Every day of the year, we should focus on assisting those who have served our Nation," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki in a statement.  "In June, during PTSD awareness month, we take special care to help Veterans with PTSD.  VA is a leader in providing state-of-the-art, high-quality mental health care that improves and saves Veterans' lives.  PTSD treatment can help and there is hope for recovery for Veterans who need mental health services."

Below are more details on the "Take the Step" campaign via at VA press release.


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