Rep. Gosar Statement in Honor of PTSD Awareness Day

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Washington, June 27, 2019 | Ben Goldey | comments
Congressman Paul A. Gosar D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement raising awareness for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
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Today, Congressman Paul A. Gosar D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement raising awareness for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):

Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-04): “While today is PTSD Awareness Day and June is PTSD Awareness Month, veteran and civilian survivors alike carry the experience of their trauma throughout the year. Thankfully, there are many effective treatments and resources available. It was an honor to host a roundtable and discussion with a group of experienced professionals to raise awareness for PTSD. Working together, we can combat PTSD and help make a better quality of life for those who experience it.”

Background:

PTSD Awareness Day is observed every year on June 27th. June is also PTSD Awareness Month.

On Monday, June 24,2019 Rep. Gosar hosted a roundtable and discussion on PTSD to raise awareness for this important issue as well as discuss ways to effectively treat and serve veterans and civilians suffering from PTSD.  

PTSD occurs after a traumatic event such as combat, natural disasters, car accidents, or sexual assault and leaves people with painful memories and disruptive feelings. It is estimated that more than 8 million Americans suffer with PTSD.  

Rep. Gosar's PTSD roundtable and discussion featured an expert panel that included:

 · Captain Mike Colston, M.D. - Director for Mental Health Programs in the Department of Defense’s Health Services Policy and Oversight office.

 · Susan Borja, Ph.D. - Program Chief of the Dimensional Traumatic Stress Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

 · Tara Galovski, Ph.D. - Director of the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. 

The National Center for PTSD website provides information and resources for Veterans, the public and their family and friends about dealing with traumatic events. www.ptsd.va.gov/index.asp

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