June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day and June is also PTSD Awareness Month. PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is is a condition that many veterans and non-veterans alike suffer and can occur when someone experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. Some sources estimate that as many as 70% of all Americans have experienced a traumatic event sufficient to cause PTSD and of that number some 20% will develop PTSD symptoms, roughly 44 million people. An estimated 50% of all mental health patients are also diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Attached is the President's statement on PTSD Awareness Day. I agree with the President that more needs to be done for veterans and their mental health needs as they return home from battle. I applaud the President for signing into law the VA Mission Act, which will improve veterans’ access to quality care by making it easier for them to be treated by the doctors of their choice.