Editor’s note: June 27 marks PTSD Awareness Day. Enacted by Congress in 2010, the day is supposed to raise awareness of the condition, its effect on individuals and their families, and possible treatments. In a June 20 article in USA Today, Gregg Zoroya wrote about the “potential flood of war-related” cases of post-traumatic stress disorder that scientists anticipate. According to a 300-page report, cases of service-connected PTSD increased tenfold between 2004 and 2012 to more than 650,000 among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. And more veterans are coming to the realization that they may not have escaped the invisible wounds of war.
Editor’s Note: Two goals of Task & Purpose are to offer veterans and military community members a place to articulate their voices and to counter the skewed narratives surrounding veterans that often dominate the mainstream media. Therefore, in recognition of June 27, PTSD Awareness Day, we asked our contributors to share some words of wisdom that shed some light on the myths surrounding post-traumatic stress. To each contributor, we posed a simple question, “What is one bit of information about post traumatic stress that you think civilians and/or employers should be aware of?”