The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched a new public awareness campaign in honor of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. The “PTSD Awareness: June 2015” campaign kicked off earlier this month. The goal of the campaign is to help veterans, military families, veteran caregivers, and community members better understand and accommodate PTSD.
The PTSD awareness campaign seeks to dispel many of the myths that can alienate veterans and their families. It encourages candid discussions about the nature of the disorder and the VA’s website has online materials to help facilitate those discussions.
During the month-long campaign, the VA has designated June 27 as “PTSD Awareness Day”. On this day, the public is encouraged to learn more about PTSD or contribute to a cause helping those who suffer from the condition.
The VA is one of the largest health systems in the U.S. that provides specialized care for PTSD. In 2014, approximately 535,000 veterans sought care at a VA health facility for PTSD. It can cause a host of mental and physical disabilities such as anxiety, panic attacks, violent behavior, insomnia, and depression. While there are many therapies available, there is no single, definitive cure and each veteran must be evaluated and assessed to determine the best course of treatment.
PTSD is one of the most common service-connected disabilities that can affect veterans from any conflict. Even veterans not directly engaged in combat can develop PTSD.
If you or a loved one suffers from PTSD due to your military service, you may be eligible for disability benefits through the VA. Veterans Help Group ® provides assistance and support for veterans filing appeals for denied disability claims. Call today – 1-855-855-8992.