In the Know: America's Heroes at Work
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June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month, a month-long initiative to raise the public’s awareness of PTSD, help those individuals living with the disability and highlight effect treatment/management options.
Like disability (visible and invisible) in general, much stigma exists and confusion around PTSD. In fact, very few people are even comfortable discussing it – even though 7.7 million Americans are living with the disability and an estimated 37 million more could be (44.7 million total).
While PTSD has become nearly synonymous to the military/Veterans communities, many Americans outside the armed forces are diagnosed with PTSD. In fact, nearly 70 percent of adults in the United States have experienced a traumatic event once in their life (223.4 million), of those, nearly 20 percent could go on to develop PTSD. That’s approximately 44.7 million people. Even worse, however, one in three returning troops are being diagnosed with severe PTSD symptoms, yet less than 40 percent will seek help. Now, more than ever, it’s time we talk about PTSD and similar disabilities, including the workplace.
In that vein, the America's Heroes at Work project is designed for employers and the workforce development system to help address the employment challenges of our nation's service members and veterans living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The website provides a wealth of information and tools to help members and former members of the armed services succeed in the workplace - especially those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.