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Demystifying Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

June 27 is National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day.
Active and veteran service members talk about their struggles with PTSD
and how employers can play a supportive role in recovery.

Myth or Fact?
A majority of Ohio's military veterans suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

It is a myth, as less than 10 percent of Ohio National Guard service members suffer from significant PTSD.

The Ohio National Guard has produced the above video to encourage employers to understand diagnosed and undiagnosed PTSD among their employees who are service members and veterans.

“We are committed to supporting our men and women who are suffering from the effects of a traumatic experience,” said Maj. Gen. Mark E. Bartman, Ohio adjutant general. “Many times, because of the stigma associated with the condition, they are not seeking treatment. By partnering with employers to dispel the myths about PTSD, we can break down the barriers that could be preventing recovery.”

Employers, PTSD survivors and others who are concerned about this issue are encouraged to commit their support online by participating in the dialogue with #DemystifyPTSD.

Additional resources

Ohio Department of Veterans Services
Department of Veterans Affairs - Ohio Locations
National Center for PTSD
The PTSD Alliance
Dispelling Myths about PTSD
PTSD United
National Institute of Mental Health

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