The Truth About Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & Our Veterans

The Truth About Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & Our Veterans



PTSD veterans and the Wounded Warriors Project. What is PTSD and how the Wounded Warriors Project helps soldiers recover. 

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. 

Many people who go through traumatic events have difficulty adjusting and coping for a while, but they don’t have PTSD — with time and good self-care, they usually get better. But if the symptoms get worse or last for months or even years and interfere with your functioning, you may have PTSD. 

PTSD is very prevalent among this generation of veterans. The statistics are so alarming that once every 65 minutes a veteran commits suicide. PTSD is a very common response to a very abnormal set of circumstances. Dan goes on to talk about how there is a stigma around PTSD, “…that you are less of a man if you admit that you have a problem, not being able to sleep at night, & not being able to function.”

Dan serves as director of Warriors Speak, a prestigious group of wounded warriors and caregivers who have been selected to share their personal, inspirational stories of courage and integrity with the public. By sharing his own story and personal accomplishments, he is an inspiration to his peers and the warriors he serves. 

With the mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, WWP is the hand extended to encourage warriors as they adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs. Offering a variety of programs and services, WWP is equipped to serve warriors with every type of injury – from the physical to the invisible wounds of war.

Wounded Warriors aim to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members. To help injured service members aid and assist each other. To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

What is PTSD

Follow Dan Nevins on Twitter at @DanNevins and the Wounded Warrior Project at @wwpinc.

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