Veterans and their loved ones often face serious health challenges, such as post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. Experts with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs report PTSD occurs:
• In about 11-20% of Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars (Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom), or in the range of 11-20 Veterans out of 100 who served in OEF/OIF.
• In as many as 10% of Gulf War (Desert Storm) Veterans, or in 10 Gulf War Veterans out of 100.
• In about 30% of Vietnam Veterans, or about 30 out of 100 Vietnam Veterans.
To confront these troubling statistics, ARVets is supporting the efforts of a new group that seeks to address the needs of family members and friends of Veterans with PTSD.
The first meeting of the support group will be on Saturday, March 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the East Room of the Central Arkansas Library System’s Main Library in downtown Little Rock. For more information on the event call 501-541-2262.