PTSD Awareness Day June 27, 2014

What many veterans
already know and you should.

One in six soldiers returning from Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from PTSD.

  • Untreated, PTSD does not get better in time. It often gets worse.
  • PTSD can be triggered in a moment by a memory, an image, a sound, or even smell.
  • Only half of those who seek help receive even “minimally adequate” treatment.
  • 18 veterans commit suicide each day. 126 each week. 6,552 each year.
  • PTSD can often lead to alcohol and drug abuse, and domestic violence.
  • Soldiers with PTSD are more likely to be divorced, be a single parent or become homeless.
  • 200,000 veterans go homeless each night. 45% suffer from PTSD or mental illness.
  • Many women suffer from PTSD, but fewer receive help because they weren’t in “direct combat”.
  • Female service members also experience PTSD from sexual trauma while in service.
  • Many soldiers with PTSD don’t seek help because they fear it may hurt their careers.