VA has undertaken a new campaign that hopefully will generate awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder among the general public. The PTSD Awareness campaign, which began on June 1st, 2015 in tandem with the start of PTSD Awareness Month, is intended to educate more veterans, families, and community members about PTSD and treatment options available for those suffering with PTSD. The campaign focuses on providing online resources to learn about PTSD and connecting with others regarding awareness and treatment options. Access to such resources is valuable for both veterans and non-veterans alike.
Resources for Veterans with PTSD
Some of the resources provided by the VA include:
•Short animated videos that explain what PTSD is and how it can be treated.
•PTSD Coach Online, which offers tools to help veterans with PTSD manage their symptoms. There is also a PTSD Coach mobile app that allows veterans to conveniently access those tools at all times.
•AboutFace, a powerful video gallery of clinicians, family members, and veterans talking about PTSD. The videos feature helpful first-hand accounts of veterans with PTSD, and they explore topics like how they knew they had PTSD, and how treatment helps them, why they didn’t ask for help right away.
•A monthly newsletter from the National Center for PTSD, which keeps those affected by PTSD informed with the latest and products on trauma and PTSD.
The VA hopes that the PTSD awareness campaign will lead people to learn more about PTSD, connect with those who are affected by it, and share what they learn with their communities. The campaign aims to remove the stigmas associated with the disorder to ensure that veterans with PTSD don’t hesitate to reach out and get the help they need.
VA Disability Benefits for Veterans with PTSD
Veterans with PTSD often need help beyond managing their health condition – they need help proving to the Veterans Administration that their health condition is service-related. If you are veteran with PTSD or a loved one of someone who suffers from the disorder, there are veteran advocates and veterans lawyers that can help you through the complicated process of filing and appealing a VA claim to secure the veterans disability benefits to which you are entitled.