Local Group Helps Veterans With PTSD

More than $4.3 billion went to veterans who needed care for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 2005, according to Medicine Net, a medical resource site. Rehabilitation facilities can help individuals manage the condition, but many are unaware of the resources available to them.

PTSD is commonly found in veterans who have seen combat, according to the Beaumont Enterprise. Lucas Gradney is one example of a former soldier who now suffers from PTSD after serving in Iraq. Since returning home, Gradney has started a local group to help others cope with the condition. The Veterans Outreach program is open to all former military members who have been diagnosed with PTSD.

Psychiatrist Harry Faust says that he expects Gradney’s program to be successful. Many individuals who suffer from PTSD have trust issues and refuse to seek help from professionals. Because the Veterans Outreach program is operated by individuals with similar experiences, people in search of help may be less intimidated.

Approximately 7 million people suffer from PTSD every year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Rehabilitation facilities can provide individuals with the resources they need to cope with the illness, but community groups can be beneficial as well.