WTVM 04/12/14 Editorial: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

(WTVM) - We report often about post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

It can affect anyone who experiences a traumatic event—a car crash, the sudden or unexpected death of a loved one, or a physical assault. But of course PTSD is most common among our brave defenders, soldiers who risk life and limb, often in dangerous locations far from home.

It's important for all of us to recognize that PTSD is a very real obstacle. By talking openly about it, it becomes more manageable.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can also affect the families of soldiers, law enforcers or emergency workers.

The good news is there is help and support, and it's not hard to find.

We recently profiled a local military wife who shared her experience with a group called Hearts of Valor, part of Operation Homefront.

There are many other organizations dedicated to helping veterans and others find their way back from PTSD. The Veterans Administration has a hotline, and a simple internet search will show you other places to get help.

If you know someone who needs help, please reach out and use the resources available.

Our bravest citizens, no matter what trauma they suffered, deserve our help and support.

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