An estimated 8 percent of Americans have PTSD at any given time, according to ptsdunited.org.
That’s over 24 million people. That is equal to the total population of Texas.
PTSD is recognized as a psycho-biological mental disorder than can affect survivors not only of combat experience, but also terrorist attacks, natural disasters, serious accidents, assault or abuse, or even sudden and major emotional losses.
On holidays like Independence Day, the loud noises of fireworks can be a trigger for veterans and law enforcement. There are ways you can help your neighbors. The Highway Patrol’s senior chaplain said the best way, is to ask.
Lester Wolfgram; Senior Chaplian with NDHP: “Recognizing, kind of the elephant in the room. ‘Is the 4th of July a difficult time for you? Does that take you back? How does that impact your relationships with your family? Are you kind of on-edge when you hear shots or fireworks?’ Simply to ask them. Some people aren’t affected at all. But let them tell their story.”
Many local veterans affairs offices offer signs like this, free of charge.
You can also order them online. If you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD, please click here for helpful resources.