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Monday, June 27, 2011

Today, June 27, is National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day

In an attempt to promote public understanding of PTSD, Congress last year designated today, June 27, as National PTSD Awareness Day. AMVETS encourages members to help increase awareness of PTSD and its devastating consequences by informing employers, workmates, neighbors, friends and relatives of the realities of PTSD. The better we understand PTSD, the better we can support our veterans battling this condition.

The organizations and departments listed below are all working together to create awareness of PTSD and effective treatments that can help.

(From the Department of Veterans Affairs)

Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
This VHA site provides access to apply for health benefits. Read real stories from Inside Veterans Health, or access the MyHealthIVet portal.

VA Office of Mental Health Services
Provides a range of information on depression, substance abuse, and other mental health problems, to improve the health and well-being of Veterans through excellence in health care, social services, education, and research.

The Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers (MIRECC) generates new knowledge about the causes and treatments of mental disorders, applies new findings to model clinical programs, and widely disseminates new findings through education to improve the quality of Veterans' lives and their daily functioning in their recovering from mental illness.

For a more comprehensive list of organizations and departments visit the VA PTSD web page.

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