More than 400,000 veterans receive treatment for psychological conditions such as PTSD, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. When left untreated, mental illness may make an individual more prone to depression and substance abuse. Rehabilitation facilities can help sufferers manage their condition, and many people are working toward raising awareness of PTSD as well.
Retired chief warrant officer, John Ulstrom, is one individual who is trying to make a difference, according to WBIR-TV. Ulstrom served in the U.S. Navy, which recently increased its efforts to do more research into psychological conditions that may result from exposure to violence in war zones. Since he left the Navy, Ulstrom has embarked on a 1,400-mile journey from Texas to Washington, DC to raise awareness pof PTSD on foot.
“I have a little card I printed out asking people to talk to their representatives in Washington,” Ulstrom told the news source. “All they have to do is pull off the little number and call and say we need to give more support.”
Approximately 7.7 million Americans suffer from PTSD, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Rehabilitation facilities can help sufferers and their loved ones learn more about the condition and manage it over time.