For many veterans who return home from battlefields, they often find themselves in another battle - a battle with their own mental health.
According to a recent study, 12.9% of veterans are diagnosed with a form of post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI), which is almost twice the rate of the rest of the U.S. population. Moreover, an average of 22 veterans, active duty, reserve members and guardsmen die by suicide each day.
This is a serious issue that deserves special attention and care.
That’s why I helped introduce legislation to bring attention to the thousands of veterans who suffer from PTSI. The resolution officially recognizes the month of June as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month and June 27th as National PTSI Awareness Day.
Time in service impacts nearly every veteran. By recognizing that, we can begin to end the stigma around mental health treatment to ensure that our brothers and sisters in arms feel comfortable accessing the help they need. PTSI is not a battle anyone should have to fight alone.