Wounded Warrior Project Addresses Veteran PTSD

More small businesses are doing their part to help veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by donating to advocate groups.

Recently, Western Beef Incorporated donated $27,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). John Fernandez and Jamel Daniels, two service members who were injured while serving in Iraq, accepted the funds on behalf of WWP on “Good Day New York.” In total, the group has raised more than $54,000 in its recent campaign.

The WWP was created to raise awareness of the injuries servicemen and women sustained in combat. Not only do they have physical wounds, but mental and emotional instability as a result of trauma. PTSD, major depression and traumatic brain injury are all commonly found in veterans.

More than $4.3 billion went to veterans who needed care for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 2005, according to Medicine Net, a health information site. Donations that are given to advocate groups, such as WWP, can help researchers inch closer toward discovering a cure for PTSD and other psychiatric conditions.

Approximately 7 million Americans suffer from PTSD every year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.