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Looking locally on National PTSD Awareness Day

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TRI-CITIES, WA - In June of 2010, Congress named June 27 National PTSD Awareness Day to dedicate a day to informing the public about a disorder that affects many people in our community, especially veterans.

The U.S. Census Bureau data from 2017 shows over 13,000 veterans live in the Tri-Cities alone.

A service officer for disabled American veterans and a veteran himself says about eight to twelve percent of all the veterans that go to him for help suffer from PTSD.

PTSD is a mental health problem that people can develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event.

"We have too many veterans today; 22 a day that commit suicide and mental health is a huge factor that plays into that... it's not a stigma," said Paul Lamm, a disabled American Veterans Service Officer. "Go seek help... we have too many professionals out there that are willing to give their time to a veteran to just sit and listen."

The Department of Veterans Affairs say symptoms for PTSD include reliving the traumatic event, for example, experiencing nightmares or flashbacks, feeling jittery or always on alert, avoiding situations that may trigger memories of events, or negative changes in the way you think about yourself or others.

There is a suicide prevention hotline that connects veterans in crisis or concerned family and friends with someone that can help. Dial 1-800-273-8255 or send a text to 838255. 

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