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JUNE 27, 2013 ---- In observance of post-traumatic stress disorder awareness month, the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD invites the public to participate in its PTSD awareness campaign.

"Take the Step" is a month long campaign that has highlighted different topics so visitors can "Take the Step" to:  know more about PTSD; challenge their beliefs; explore the treatment options available; and reach out to make a difference.

  "Every day of the year, we should focus on assisting those who have served our Nation," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.  "In June, during PTSD awareness month, we take special care to help Veterans with PTSD.  VA is a leader in providing state-of-the-art, high-quality mental health care that improves and saves Veterans' lives.  PTSD treatment can help and there is hope for recovery for Veterans who need mental health services."

The National Health Institute says anyone can develop Post Traumatic Stress at any age.This includes war veterans and survivors of physical and sexual assault, abuse, accidents, disasters, and many other serious events.

 The Institute says not everyone with PTSD has been through a dangerous event. Some people get PTSD after a friend or family member experiences danger or are harmed. The sudden, unexpected death of a loved one can also cause PTSD.

There are three categories of symptoms that one can experience: Re-experiencing symptoms, Avoidance symptoms and Hyperarousal symptoms.

For more information about PTSD, go to The National Center for PTSD Web site at http://www.ptsd.va.gov

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