June is PTSD Awareness Month: How Can YOU Serve?

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Mortgage and Lending with Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Louisiana NMLS#2289 Equal Housing Lender NMLS 69996

June is PTSD Awareness month:  How Can YOU Serve?

One of my mortgage offices is located in Leesville, Louisiana, the home of the Army base of Fort Polk, Louisiana.  Almost daily, I have a soldier in my office, and many of those soldiers are just home from war.  PTSD is common among our clients as you might well imagine.

The Department of Veterans Affairs defines PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as"... a mental health problem that can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event like war, assault, or disaster".  June has been designated as PTSD Awareness month, and June 27 as PTSD Awareness Day. 

This day was first established by Congress in 2010 after Senator Kent Conrad, (D-N.D.), proposed honoring North Dakota Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Joe Biel, who took his own life following two tours in Iraq. Sgt. Biel’s birthday was June 27.  Senator Conrad said, "National PTSD Awareness Day should serve as an opportunity for all of us to listen and learn about post-traumatic stress and let all our troops — past and present — know it’s okay to come forward and ask for help."

 

PLEASE take the time to watch and share the below video:

 

 

Like many military towns across the nation, the citizens and business leaders of our military town are honored to serve those who serve.   As one of those community leaders, I encourage others, not only in my community, but in the communities across America,  to become more aware and better educated on the challenges of PTSD.

However, it is my prayer that we as individuals, community leaders, business owners, families, churches, cities, states, and a nation, DO MORE than just become aware and educated.  I want action!  I want communities nationwide to become diligent and work together to serve our heroes coming back from war in whatever way we can.  One of the reasons I have become so involved in the Boot Campaign is the give back program this organization has  to various wounded warrior projects, one of which benefits veterans with PTSD with counseling services. 

The Department of Veterans Affairs has listed 12 ways members of the community can serve.  For that list, click HERE, or read below:

  1. Watch videos in AboutFace, an online gallery dedicated to Veterans talking about how PTSD treatment turned their lives around.
  2. Think broadly. When trauma happens, family, friends, coworkers and community are affected too.
  3. Learn about common reactions to trauma and readjustment after war to life at home.
  4. Be aware of where to get help for PTSD, including specific resources for Veterans.
  5. Expand your understanding of how PTSD is identified (assessed) and treated.
  6. Know that treatment for PTSD can help.
  7. Ask if talking would help, but do not push if someone is not ready to discuss their trauma.
  8. Realize that getting people to talk or seek help from a therapist is not always easy. Your encouragement matters. Families of Veterans can reach out to Coaching Into Care for help finding the right words.
  9. Know the facts. More than half of US adults will experience trauma in their lifetime. About 7 out of 100 will get PTSD at some point. For Veterans and people who have been through violence and abuse the number is higher.
  10. Connect with self-help resources, apps, and videos about PTSD.
  11. Share handouts, brochures, or wallet cards about trauma and PTSD.
  12. Keep informed through our PTSD Monthly Update, Facebook, and Twitter.

 

What can you do to bring awareness to your community about PTSD?

 

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Rainmaker
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Francine Viola
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I also live in a military community and it is just painful to see the effects of combat on our soldiers.  But you offer great resources to step in and do something to help.  Great and timely post!

Jun 28, 2012 07:56 AM #1
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Robert Bob Gilbert
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Louise

PTSD is a severe problem and all of us have to recognize this is a disease that exists and is a significant problem. Thanks for helping tell folk about this serious issue.

Jun 28, 2012 01:07 PM #2
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Andrea Bedard
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Hi Louise, great blog to raise awareness about PTSD! It's a serious problem that is not talked about enough! There's still too much fear, helplessness, confusion and, sadly, also ignorance. It is my hope that much more will be done in the future to help everyone - including families - to understand the signs, to be able to seek help w/out feeling shame or fearing that it could hurt ones career.

Jun 28, 2012 01:45 PM #3
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Ron Marshall
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Louise, I have two friends with PTSD.  I am very glad that you included this video.  And, it is great to see you back in the fold here.  I look forward to much more great material from you!

Jun 28, 2012 08:22 PM #4
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Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996
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Military Mtg Specialist - 866-960-9115 VA FHA USDA

Francine - if you live in a military community, then you DEFINITELY have seen PTSD.  My heart just breaks for our warriors.

Jun 30, 2012 05:15 AM #5
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Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996
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Bob - thanks for your comment - and YES it is serious - but most people just are not aware of it.

Jun 30, 2012 05:16 AM #6
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Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996
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Andrea - we can only pray that there is more done to help our heroes home from war.  The aftermath of war is devastating to the soldier, his family and his friends.  Thanks for a great comment.

Jun 30, 2012 05:17 AM #7
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Ron - it is good to be back!  Thanks for your comment and if you have two friends with PTSD, then you understand.  I thought the video was powerful.

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