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Help Available For Vets With PTSD
It affects some 5.2 million Americans, and 30 percent of war veterans. Today is "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day," raising awareness of the depth of the problem and resources available to help those affected by it.
Lines For Life has a free and anonymous help line for veterans, active military and their families by calling 1 (877) 457-4838. There's also a confidential online chat service at www.MilitaryHelpline.org.
Josh Groesz is Director for Military Help Line, and he says his agency receives about 500 calls a month. People with PTSD experience sleep problems, irritability, anger, recurrent dreams about the trauma, intense reactions to reminders of the trauma, disturbances in relationships and isolation. He says many deal with isolation and thoughts of suicide.