|English: Cases of PTSD and Severe Depression Among U.S. Veterans Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan Between Oct 2001 and Oct 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Monday, May 28th, is Memorial Day. Have you thought about how you might spend the day? Some of us will visit our loved one’s graveside. Maybe it will by that of our father, brother, sister, mother, aunt, uncle, child, or grandparent. Some of us will attend a parade honoring our Veterans or maybe we will go to a family picnic. Hopefully all of us will be humbled to spend a little time with some veterans.
This is also a good time to recognize that many veterans suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and they need our support and understanding. It is important to have some concept of how PTSD can affect one’s life. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the following are other common problems associated with PTSD:
- Drinking or drug problems
- Feelings of hopelessness, shame, or despair
- Employment problems
- Relationship problems including divorce and violence
- Physical symptoms
You might be interested to learn how some Veterans are helping other Veterans in dealing with PTSD. Here is a TIME 100 Video: “Helping Veterans Help Each Other” featuring Barbara Van Dahlen’s unique Give an Hour™ non-profit organization.
As we close today, we wish you a Happy Memorial Day.